A Coggeshall job. The saying is, that the Coggeshall folk
wanted to divert the current of a stream, and fixed hurdles in the bed
of it for the purpose. Another tale is that a mad dog bit a
wheelbarrow, and the people, fearing it would go mad, chained it up in
a shed. (See Gotham)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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