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Dutch Courage

Posted by Jo Jones on April 10, 2008 at 15:36:

On the subject of the term "Dutch Courage" We were informed by the commentary on a boat going up the Thames to Greenwich a couple of years ago, that the term referred to the times of the Plague when London was virtually isolated from the rest of the country as people were afraid to go there. The only people willing to go there and deliver goods to the beleaguered City were the Dutch Trading vessels and hence the Phrase.