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Bag oʹ Nails

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Some hundreds of years ago there stood in the Tyburn Road, Oxford Street, a public-house called The Bacchanals: the sign was Pan and the Satyrs. The jolly god, with his cloven hoof and his horns, was called “The devil;” and the word Bacchanals soon got corrupted into “Bag oʹ Nails.” The Devil and the Bag oʹ Nails is a sign not uncommon even now in the midland counties.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Badger (To)
Badinage
Badinguet
Badingueux
Badminton
Baffle
Bag
Bag (To)
Bags
Bag-man (A)
Bag o Nails
Baga de Secrētis
Bagatelle (A)
Baguette dArmide (La)
Bahagnia
Bahaignons
Bahr Geist (A)
Bail (French, bailler)
Bailey
Bailiff
Bailleur

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