When Hamlet says to the First Player, of the play within the play, it 'pleas'd not the million; 'twas caviare to the general; but it was. . . an excellent play', he hardly had chiefs of staff in mind.
His meaning is rather that of Fred Trueman who, after clean-bowling a Cambridge batsman and being congratulated by the latter on 'a damn fine ball, Fred,' riposted: 'Aye - and wasted on thee.'
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