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Quod

To be in quod- in prison. A corruption of quad, which is a contraction of quadrangle. The quadrangle is the prison enclosure in which the prisoners are allowed to walk, and where whippings used to be inflicted.

“Flogged and whipped in quod.”

Hughes: Tom Brown's Schooldays.

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