unfeathered two-legged things

Plato's humorous definition of man , a two-footed animal without wings. Dryden used the phrase in 'Absalom and Achitophel' (1. 170) in describing the son of the Earl of Shaftesbury.

Note by A.J.Grieve, (MA) to the chapter Changes To The Army in Part Two of "Reflections On The Revolution"
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