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Lunsford

A name used in terrorem over children. Sir Thomas Lunsford was governor of the Tower; a man of most vindictive temper, and the dread of everyone.

Make children with your tones to run for't.
As bad as Bloodybones or Lunsford.

Bittler: Hudibras, iii. 2.

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