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Gibbet

(g soft). A foot-pad, who “piqued himself on being the best-behaved man on the road.” (George Farquhar: Beaux' Stratagem.)

To gibbet the bread (Lincolnshire). When bread turns out ropy and is supposed to be bewitched, the good dame runs a stick through it and hangs it in the cupboard. It is gibbeted in terrorem to other batches.

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