Fleet parson
Fleet Fleet, n. [AS. fle['o]t a place where vessels float, bay, river; akin to D. vliet rill, brook, G. fliess. See {Fleet}, v. i.] 1. A flood; a creek or inlet; a bay or estuary; a river; -- obsolete, except as a place name, -- as Fleet Street in London. [1913 Webster]

Together wove we nets to entrap the fish In floods and sedgy fleets. --Matthewes. [1913 Webster]

2. A former prison in London, which originally stood near a stream, the Fleet (now filled up). [1913 Webster]

{Fleet parson}, a clergyman of low character, in, or in the vicinity of, the Fleet prison, who was ready to unite persons in marriage (called Fleet marriage) at any hour, without public notice, witnesses, or consent of parents. [1913 Webster]


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