noun Etymology: Sam Weller, witty servant of Mr. Pickwick in the story Pickwick Papers (1836-37) by Charles Dickens Date: 1839 an expression of comparison comprising a usually well-known quotation followed by a facetious sequel (as “‘every one to his own taste,’ said the old woman as she kissed the cow”)

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