An instrument of torture invented by Sir William Skevington,
lieutenant of the Tower in the reign of Henry VIII. As Skevington was
the father of the instrument, the instrument was his daughter.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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