I could brain him with his lady's fan (1 Henry IV., ii.
3)—i.e. knock his brains out with a fan handle. The ancient
fans had long handles, so that ladies used their fans for
walking-sticks, and it was by no means unusual for very testy dames to
chastise unruly children by beating them with their fan-sticks.
Wer't not better
Your head were brokeu with the handle of a fan?
Beaumont and Fletcher: Wit at Several Weapons, v.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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