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Billee'

(Little ). The youngest of “Three sailors of Bristol city,” who “took a boat and went to sea.”

There was gorging Jack, and guzzling Jimmy,
And the youngest- he was little Billee,
Now, when they got as far as the equator,
They had nothing left but one split pea.
To gorging Jack says guzzling Jimmy,
`We've nothing left, we must eat we.'

Thackeray.

[They decide to eat Little Billee, but he contrives to escape.]

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