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Mannington

(George). A criminal executed at Cambridge in 1476. It is said that he could cut off a horse's head at a single blow.

“It is in $$$ of Mannington's- he that was hanged at Cambridge- that cut off the horse's head at a blow.” —Eastward Ho!

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