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St. Johnstone's Tippet

A halter; so called from Johnstone the hangman.

“Sent to heaven wi' a St. Johnston's tippit about my hause.” —Sir Walter Scott: Old Mortality. chap. viii

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