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[ahr-buhth-nuh t, ahr-buh th-not] /ɑrˈbʌθ nət, ˈɑr bəθˌnɒt/
John, 1667–1735, Scottish satirist and physician: friend of Alexander Pope and Jonathan Swift. Unabridged
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  • "It's all there all round," he had said to Arbuthnot more than once.

    Mr. Scarborough's Family Anthony Trollope
  • Mr. Arbuthnot never will talk when there are people to dinner.

    Orley Farm Anthony Trollope
  • Of the strength of the bond that united the two men, and the admiration felt by Arbuthnot for Burton, she had little idea.

  • I have read his life by Arbuthnot, it is in the library of our college.

    The Romany Rye George Borrow
  • Clinton, toward the close of the year, embarked with a formidable force in Arbuthnot's fleet, and sailed for South Carolina.

  • Arbuthnot was hanged from the yardarm of his own schooner; Ambrister was shot.

    Union and Democracy Allen Johnson
  • Then allow me to ask, Captain Arbuthnot, by what right have you and your troopers assaulted my men?

    The Mayor of Troy Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • Hither also came "Steele, Arbuthnot and many other wits of the time."

    All About Coffee William H. Ukers
  • The Arbuthnot mentioned here was Charles, a clergyman, and son of the celebrated physician.

  • Said to have been first used in the above sense by Arbuthnot.

    The Slang Dictionary John Camden Hotten
British Dictionary definitions for Arbuthnot


John. 1667–1735, Scottish physician and satirist: author of The History of John Bull (1712) and, with others, of the Memoirs of Martinus Scriblerus (1741)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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