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Sep 1, 2017
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bear leader

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The Bear and Bear Leader - Passing the Hotel D’Angleterre, 1776
Art: Thomas Rowlandson

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bear leader

PRONUNCIATION:
(bair LEED-uhr)

MEANING:
noun: A tutor who travels with a young man.

ETYMOLOGY:
From allusion to a literal bear leader, a man who led a muzzled bear from place to place to perform in the streets. Earliest documented use: 1749.

USAGE:
“The description of the relation between the bear leader and his protege is quite entertaining.”
Giovanna Summerfield and Lisa Downward; New Perspectives on the European Bildungsroman; Continuum; 2010.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
It seems like the less a statesman amounts to, the more he adores the flag. -Kin Hubbard, humorist (1 Sep 1868-1930)

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