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Shambles means benches

(Anglo-Saxon, scamel; Latin, scamnum, and the diminutive scamellum, a little bench). The benches or banks on which meat is exposed for sale. (See Bank.)

“Whatsoever is sold in the shambles, that eat, asking no question.”—1 Cor. x. 25.

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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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