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Cramp-ring

To scour the crampring. To be put into fetters; to be imprisoned. The allusion is obvious.

“There's no muckle hazard o' scouring the cramp-ring.” —Sir W. Scott: Guy Mannering, chap. xxiii.

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