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Fringe

The Jews wore fringes to their garments. These fringes on the garments of the priests were accounted sacred, and were touched by the common people as a charm. Hence the desire of the woman who had the issue of blood to touch the fringe of our Lord's garment. (Matt. ix. 20-22.)

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