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Pennalism

Fagging, bullying, petty persecution. The pennals or freshmen of the Protestant universities were the fags of the elder students, called schorists. Abolished at the close of the seventeenth century. (See above.)

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