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Limb of the Law

(A). A lawyer, or a clerk articled to a lawyer. The hands are limbs of the body, and the lawyer's clerks are his hands to copy out what the head of the office directs.

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