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n.1.A blustering, bullying fellow; a pot-valiant braggart; a bully.
The leader was of an ugly look and gigantic stature; he acted like a drawcansir, sparing neither friend nor foe.
- Addison.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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The Covent Garden Journal, by Sir Alexander Drawcansir, ed.
(45) For instance, see the anonymous farce, Bickerstaff's Unburied Dead (London, 1743), which features Steele's satiric persona from the Tatler, Isaac Bickerstaff, as the main character and refers to him as the "Censor." See also Fielding's adoption of the title "Censor of Great Britain" in his Covent-Garden Journal, and Charles Macklin's subsequent appropriation of that persona in his farce, Covent Garden Theatre, or, Pasquin Turn'd Drawcansir (1752), ed.
Drawcansir rakes and Tunbelly Clumseys alike become, to progressive eyes, inadmissible relics of a barbaric past.