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foul matter

noun
1.
Printing. materials, as manuscript, galleys, or proofs, that have been superseded by revised proofs or galleys or by the bound book, and have been returned to the publisher by the printer.
Also called dead matter.
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  • In "Hamlet" Shakespeare let out some of the foul matter which Herbert's mean betrayal had bred in him.

    The Man Shakespeare Frank Harris
  • As Marduk moved towards it, a splash of foul matter fell upon him from above, and extinguished the lantern.

    A King of Tyre James M. Ludlow
  • Its eyes looked wild; it was unnaturally brisk, and running about; the nose discharged more freely, but not yet any foul matter.

    The Dog Dinks, Mayhew, and Hutchinson

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