Clothes horse

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   Evan Morris has something on "clothes horse" (not "clothes whore") this week.
   A check of Literature Online shows that the first hit is John O'Keeffe's play A BEGGAR ON HORSEBACK (1798), " Corny then at the clothes horse)(Stage direction)."
   John Hamilton Reynolds' poem ODE TO RICHARD MARTIN, ESQUIRE, M.P. FOR GALWAY (1826) has, "He'll wear that ancient hackney to the bone, Like a mere clothes-horse airing royal things!"
   The Making of America database has the SOUTHERN LITERARY MESSENGER, April 1843, "Something About Loafers," pg. 198, col. 2:  "He is a denizen of the sunshine when it feels pleasant, and a haunter of the shade when it grows comfortable--a valuable invention for the consuming of half-smoked cigars--an old-clothes horse,--solemn as a mist--inoffensive as a watering-pot."
   Perhaps Thomas Carlyle first used it in our modern sense?  MOA also has the S.L.M., June 1850, "Thomas Carlyle and his 'Latter-Day Pamphlets,'" pg. 330, col. 2:  "Here he says to the world is a _man_, not 'a patent digester,' a 'walking clothes-horse,' but a true-hearted, _earnest_ man, and hence to be respected and upheld."
  I don't have time to copy OED, but these cites are earlier.
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