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simon pure

Absolutely genuine, quite authentic, as in That laboratory test was simon pure; none of the specimens was adulterated. This expression comes from the name of a character in a play, Susannah Centilivre's A Bold Stroke for a Wife (1717), who is the victim of an impersonation but turns up in the end and proves that he is "the real Simon Pure."
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the real Simon Pure

the real or genuine person or thing.
Simon Pure is a character in Susannah Centlivre's A Bold Stroke for a Wife ( 1717 ), who for part of the play is impersonated by another character.
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Simon Legree

(ˈsɑɪmən ləˈgri)
n. a very hard taskmaster; a hard boss. (From the name of the slave driver in Uncle Tom’s Cabin.) Ask Simon Legree if I will be able to stop work and go home for breakfast now.
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References in classic literature ?
Simon, then, returned from the wedding in a less cheerful frame of mind than she had gone to it.
Simon shrugged his shoulders and raised his eyebrows.
Simon to honour my head by putting it on a level with his own," said Sherlock Holmes, laughing.
Simon was decoyed away by Flora Millar, and that she, with confederates, no doubt, was responsible for her disappearance.
repeated the count, evidently sorry Simon had not said more.
Simon did not finish, for on the still air he had distinctly caught the music of the hunt with only two or three hounds giving tongue.
cried Simon to a borzoi that was pushing forward out of the wood.
The count and Simon galloped out of the wood and saw on their left a wolf which, softly swaying from side to side, was coming at a quiet lope farther to the left to the very place where they were standing.
Simon went through to the armoury and routed out Ivan, the public detective's private detective.
Simon managed to say: "A sabre-- yes, I suppose it could.
Simon, that keenly scientific person at once resumed it.
repeated Simon, and stared at him rather painfully through his glasses.
Dining with Father Simon one day, and being very merry together, I showed some little inclination to go with him; and he pressed me and my partner very hard to consent.
I had indeed a mind to see the city of Pekin, which I had heard so much of, and Father Simon importuned me daily to do it.
I must confess I travelled more pleasantly afterwards in the deserts and vast wildernesses of Grand Tartary than here, and yet the roads here are well paved and well kept, and very convenient for travellers; but nothing was more awkward to me than to see such a haughty, imperious, insolent people, in the midst of the grossest simplicity and ignorance; and my friend Father Simon and I used to be very merry upon these occasions, to see their beggarly pride.