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Jarkman

An Abram-man (q.v.). Jark means a seal, whence also a safe-conduct. Abram-men were licensed beggars, who had the “seal” or licence of the Bethlehem Hospital to beg.

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