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Pepper

To pepper one well. To give one a good basting or thrashing.

To take pepper i' the nose.
To take offence. The French have a similar locution, “La moutarde lui monte au nez.”

“Take you pepper in your nose, you mar our sport.” —The Spanish Gipsy, iv. 190.

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