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Goats

(Anglo-Saxon, gat.)

The three goats.
A public-house sign at Lincoln, is a corruption of the Three Gowts, that is, drains or sluices, which at one time conducted the waters of a large lake into the river Witham. The name of the inn is now the Black Goats.

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