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Stockfish

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I will beat thee like a stockfish. Moffet and Bennet, in their Health’s Improvement (p. 262), inform us that dried cod, till it is beaten, is called buckhorn, because it is so tough; but after it has been beaten on the stock, it is termed stockfish. (In French, etriller quelquʹun, a double carillon, “to a pretty tune.”)

Peace! thou wilt be beaten like a stockfish else.”—Jonson: Every Man in his Humour, iii. 2.

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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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