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Golden Ointment

Eye salve. In allusion to the ancient practice of rubbing “stynas of the eye” with a gold ring to cure them.

I have a sty here, Chilax,
I have no gold to cure it.

Beaumont and Fletcher: Mad Lovers.

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