Do you know the Bishop of Norwich?

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Do you know the Bishop of Norwich?

old-fashioned A phrase used when a decanter of port wine is being shared after a meal (traditionally passed to the left), and one person has failed to continue passing it along. Primarily heard in UK. A: "So, as I was saying, Mr. Fiddlewich continued his parlay, quite unaware of—" B: "Excuse me, Barnaby? Do you know the Bishop of Norwich?" A: "No, I'm afraid I don't." B: "He's an awfully nice fellow, but he never passes the port." A: "Ah, I see. Here you are, terribly sorry."
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