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Pipeclay

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Routine; fossilised military dogmas of no real worth. In government offices the term red-tape is used to express the same idea. Pipeclay was at one time largely used by soldiers for making their gloves, accoutrements, and clothes look clean and smart.

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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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Pink (A)
Pink of Perfection (The)
Piony or Peony
Piou-piou
Pious
Pip
Pipe
Pipe Rolls or Great Rolls of the Pipe
Pipe of Peace
Pipeclay
Pipelet
Piper
Piper that Played before Moses (By the)
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Piping Hot
Pippa Passes
Piræus
Pirie’s Chair
Pirithoös
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