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1726, Nicholas Amhurst, “Preface:”, in Terræ-filius: or, the Secret History of the University of Oxford:
- unless we are to admit, (what, I hope, will not be desired) that the world is composed of nothing but juggle, grimace, and legerdemain; and that the before mentioned principles of truth, reason, and equity are only baits to insnare the vulgar, and captivate those, whose ignorance makes them an easy prey.
2010 8 March, Ian Mulgrew, “Stan Lowe part of the problem with police complaints process”, The Vancouver Sun:
- What's worse, Lowe turned up at a press conference to stand beside Chief Jim Chu and defend this law-enforcement legerdemain.