One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
no object To favour or take the side of Philip of Macedon; (hence more generally) to speak or write as one who has been wrongly or corruptly inspired or influenced.
Late 16th century; earliest use found in Robert Naunton (1563–1635), politician. From ancient Greek Φιλιππίζειν to take the side of Philip II of Macedon (Demosthenes) from Φίλιππος, the name of Philip II of Macedon + -ίζειν.
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