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on beer-casks indicates beer which paid ten shillings duty, and hence it came to mean beer of a given quality. Two or three crosses are mere trademarks, intended to convey the notion of twice or thrice as strong as that which pays ten shillings duty.

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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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Wyoʹming (3 syl.)
X
Xanthos [reddish yellow]
Xantippe or Xanthippe
Xenocratēs
Xerxes
Xerxes Tears
Ximena
Xit
Xury
Y