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Hext

When bale is hext, boot is next. When things come to the worst they must soon mend. Bale means misery, hurt, misfortune; hext is highest, as next is nighest; boot means help, profit.

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