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Mincing Lane

(London). A corruption of Mynchen Lane; so called from the tenements held there by the mynchens or nuns of St. Helen's, in Bishopsgate Street. (Minicen, Anglo-Saxon for a nun; minchery, a nunnery.)

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