To ride the stang. To be under petticoat government. At one
time a man who ill-treated his wife was made to sit on a “stang” or
pole hoisted on men's shoulders. On this uneasy conveyance the “stanger” was carried in procession amidst the hootings and jeerings of
his neighbours. (Saxon, staéng, a pole.) (See Skimmington.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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