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Bilboes

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A bar of iron with fetters annexed to it, by which mutinous sailors are linked together. The word is derived from Bilbaʹo, in Spain, where they were first made. Some of the bilboes taken from the Spanish Armaʹda are still kept in the Tower of London.

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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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