Abraham-man meaning

Alternative form of Abraham man.
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(slang when it was current, now obsolete or historical) One of a set of vagabonds / vagrants who, in the 1700s and 1800s, roamed through England, feigning mental illnesses to obtain alms.
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Origin of abraham-man

  • Possibly an allusion to a story in Luke 16, in which the beggar Lazarus ends up in Abraham's bosom.

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