Vicar-of-Bray

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Vicar-of-Bray one who turns his coat without difficulty to suit the times—from Simon Aleyn, who kept the vicarage of Bray from 1540 to 1588, during the reigns of Henry VIII., Edward VI., Mary, and Elizabeth
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Idioms

Vicar of Bray - (UK) A person who changes their beliefs and principles to stay popular with people above them is a Vicar of Bray
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. vicarius, supplying the place of another—vicis, change, alternation.

Usage

In literature:

As the document reaches us, it appears to have been "mitigated" by Lethington and Wynram, the Vicar of Bray of the Reformation.
"John Knox and the Reformation" by Andrew Lang
The inquest was held at the Vicar of Bray tap, Palace Yard; and the jury, considering the neighbourhood, was tolerably respectable.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 1, October 9, 1841" by Various
The inquest was held at the Vicar of Bray tap, Palace Yard; and the jury, considering the neighbourhood, was tolerably respectable.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 1, Complete" by Various
For now he is a royalist in his politics, having in him not a little of the spirit of the Vicar of Bray, and of Bunyan's Mr. By-ends.
"Among Famous Books" by John Kelman
Sang as I shaved the Vicar of Bray.
"The Willoughby Captains" by Talbot Baines Reed
Dix, General John A., in the Philadelphia Convention, 253; the "Vicar of Bray" of American politics, 253.
"Destruction and Reconstruction:" by Richard Taylor
A Manx Vicar of Bray.
"The Little Manx Nation - 1891" by Hall Caine
After the death of her first husband, Mrs. Bray married the vicar of Tavistock, and for thirty-five years lived in the vicarage of that town.
"Woman's Work in English Fiction" by Clara Helen Whitmore
Ireland was, of course, Catholic, and always remained so, although its spiritual fathers were mostly 'vicars of Bray.
"The Viceroys of Ireland" by Charles O'Mahony
The vicar of Bray will be vicar of Bray still.
"Dictionary of English Proverbs and Proverbial Phrases" by Thomas Preston
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