A dish or basin with a movable lid. Some two or three centuries
ago beggars used to proclaim their want by clacking the lid of a wooden
“Can you think I get my living by a bell and clack-dish?”
... “How's that?” “Why, begging, sir.” Family of Love (1608).
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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