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Ribbon Dodge

(The). Plying a person secretly with threatening letters in order to drive him out of the neighbourhood, or to compel him to do something he objects to. The Irish Ribbon men sent threatening letters or letters containing coffins, cross-bones, or daggers, to obnoxious neighbours.

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