The Duke of Exeter's daughter was a sort of rack invented by
the Duke of Exeter during the reign of Henry VI. (Blackstone.)
“I was the lad that would not confess one word ... though they
threatened to make me hug the Duke of Exeter's daughter.” —Scott:
Fortunes of Nigel, xxv.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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