"setting jewels" Definition

Definitions for the word "setting jewels" from multiple English dictionaries.

1. slang
taking the best portions of a clever book not much known to the general public, and incorporating them quietly with a new work by a thoroughly original author. The credit of this term belongs to Mr. Charles Reade, who explained that the process is accountable for the presence of some writing by one Jonathan Swift, in a story published at Christmas, 1872, and called _The Wandering Heir_.
Source: The Slang Dictionary, 1864

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