In New College, Oxford, there still is an apparatus for
developing the muscles similar to that which sets church-bells in
motion. It consists of a fly-wheel with a weight attached, and the
gymnast is carried by it up and down to bring his muscles into play.
The present apparatus was substituted for it, and answers a similar
purpose, though the name is greatly obscured.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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