Jack-a-Lent (n.) Old form(s): Iack-a-lent, Iacke-a-Lent
[jocular; male figure used as an Aunt Sally during Lent] puppet, poppet, doll
MW III.iii.24[Mistress Page to Robin] You little Jack-a-Lent, have you been true to us?
MW V.v.127[Falstaff to all] See now how wit may be made a Jack-a-Lent when 'tis upon ill employment
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