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Aldgate Pump

A draught on Aldgate Pump. A cheque with no effects. A worthless bill. The pun is on the word draught, which means either an order on a bank for money or a sup of liquor.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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