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Choke-pear

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An argument to which there is no answer. Robbers in Holland at one time made use of a piece of iron in the shape of a pear, which they forced into the mouth of their victim. On turning a key, a number of springs thrust forth points of iron in all directions, so that the instrument of torture could never be taken out except by means of the key.

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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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Chivairy
Chivy
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Chloe
Chœreas [Kereas]
Choice Spirit (A)
Choke
Choke-pear
Choker (A)
Chop and Chops
Chop-fallen
Chop-House (A)
Chop Logic (To)
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Chopine
Choreutæ [Korutee]
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