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Plymouth Cloak

(A). A good stout cudgel. In the time of the Crusades many men of good family used to land at Plymouth utterly destitute. They went to a neighbouring wood, cut themselves a good stout club, and, stopping the first passenger that passed by, provided themselves with money and clothing. (Fuller: Worthies.)

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