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Pocket Pistol (Queen Bess’s)

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A formidable piece of ordnance given to Queen Elizabeth by the Low Countries in recognition of her efforts to protect them in their reformed religion. It used to overlook the Channel from Dover Cliffs, but in 1894 was removed to make room for a battery of modern guns. It is said that it contains in Flemish the equivalent of the following words:—

“Load me well and keep me clean,

And Iʹll carry a ball to Caiais Green.”

But this translation is only fanciful.

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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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Plymouth Brethren
Plymouth Cloak (A)
Pocahontas
Pocket (diminutive of poche, a pouch)
Pocket an Insult (To)
Pocket Borough (A)
Pocket Judgment (A)
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Podsnappery
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