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Tom o'Bedlam

[ tomuh-bed-luhm ]
/ ˈtɒm əˈbɛd ləm /
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noun, plural Tom o'Bed·lams.
(in historical use) a roving beggar who is insane or is feigning madness.
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Origin of Tom o'Bedlam

First recorded in 1595–1605; used of a beggar assumed to be a former inmate of Bedlam, popular name for an insane asylum in London

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