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Hag-knots

Tangles in the manes of wild ponies, supposed to be used by witches for stirrups. The term is common in the New Forest. Seamen use the word hag's-teeth to express those parts of a matting, etc., which spoil its general uniformity.

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