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What's the meaning of the phrase 'Richard the Third'?

Turd.

What's the origin of the phrase 'Richard the Third'?

Cockney rhyming slang. This rather derogatory association no doubt owes something to the poor reputation given to England's King Richard III by Shakespeare's eponymous play and other fictionalized accounts.

See also: now is the winter of our discontent.

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