No man is a hero to his android.
I feel like the follow-up post to this may end with "Exeunt, pursued by bear"
I thought British imperialism was the entire reason we had to get some cool rules, pronto. Perhaps I'm confused.
They're thinking of Barack Obama. Easy mistake to make.
Thanks. So it's in the 1811 edition, though not in the 1785 edition. Hmm. What did Jane Austen know about all this and when did she know it?
For the curious. Looks like an essential volume.
Grose's "Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue" (1823 ed.) defines "Piece" as “A wench. A damned good or bad piece; a girl who is more or less active and skillful in the amorous congress."
That's the earliest ref I could find, though it doesn't do much to illuminate the origins of the phrase.