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Servants wishing to be hired used to go into the market-place of Carlisle (Carel) with a straw in their mouth. (See Mop.)

At Carel I stuid wiʹa strae i my mouth,

The wey ves com rounʹ me in custers;

What weage dus teax, canny lad?ʹ says yen.”


Anderson: Cumberland Ballads.

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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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Stralenheim (Count of)
Strand (London)
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Stranger of the Gate (The)
Strangers Sacrificed
Strap Oil
Strappado
Strasburg Goose (A)
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Straw
Strawberry
Strawberry Preachers
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Street and Walker (Messrs.)
Stretcher
Strike (A)
Strike
Strike Amain
Strike a Bargain (To)

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