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Goat and Compasses

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A public-house sign in the Commonwealth; a corruption of “God en-compasses [us].”

⁂ Some say it is the carpentersʹ armsthree goats and a chevron. The chevron being mistaken for a pair of compasses.

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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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Go it, you Cripples!
Go of Gin
Go on all Fours
Go out (To)
Go through Fire and Water to serve you
Go to!
Go to the Wall (To)
Go without Saying (To)
Goat
Goat and Compasses
Goats
Gobbler (A)
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