The light frame of the printing-press, which folds down upon
the tympan (q.v.) over the sheet of paper to be printed. Its
object is two-fold—to hold the sheet in its place and to keep the
margins clean. It is called frisket because it frisks or skips
up and down very rapidly —i.e. the pressman opens it and shuts
it over with great alacrity, the movement being called “flying the frisket.”
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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