He is none of the Hastings.

Said of a dull, sluggish messenger: an allusion to the pea called Hastings, because the earliest of its kind. It is only placed here from the similarity of name to one of the Cinque Ports in this county.

Entry taken from Provincial Glossary, edited by Francis Grose.

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He is none of the Hastings

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