A sweet cake in a rag. (Indian.) [Said of a rich person who is shabbily dressed, or an intelligent child in a stupid family.

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Nothing is thought rare
Which is not new, and follow’d; yet we know
That what was worn some twenty years ago
Comes into grace again.

Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher,
Prologue to the Noble Gentleman (l. 4)

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