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Bilʹbo

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A rapier or sword. So called from Bilbaʹo, in Spain, once famous for its finely-tempered blades. Falstaff says to Ford:

“I suffered the pangs of three several deaths; first, an intolerable fright, to be detected … next, to be compassed, like a good bilbo … hilt to point, heel to head; and then …”—Merry Wives, iii. 5.

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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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