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Mince Pies

at Christmas time are emblematical of the manger in which our Saviour was laid. The paste over the “offering” was made in form of a cratch or hay-rack. (See Plum Pudding.)

Mince pies.
Slang for “the eyes.” (See Chivy.)

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