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John-a-dreams (plural John-a-dreamses)

  1. (archaic) A man who is a daydreamer and therefore unproductive.
    • 1602, Hamlet by William Shakespeare, act 2 scene 2 lines 503
      […] Yet I, / A dull and muddy-mettled rascal, peak / Like John-a-dreams, unpregnant of my cause, / and can say nothing.

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