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Ale-stake

The pole set up before ale-houses by way of “sign.” A bush was very often fixed to its top. A tavern.

A garland had he set upon his head
As great as it werein for an ale-stake.

Chaucer.

“I know many an ale-stake.”

Hawkins: English Drama, i.100.

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