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Lamb-pie

A flogging. Lamb is a pun on the Latin verb lambo (to lick), and the word “lick” has been perverted to mean flog (see Lick); or it may be the old Norse lam (the hand), meaning hand-or slap-pie. (See Lamming.)

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