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Swords Prohibited

Gaming ran high at Bath, and frequently led to disputes and resort to the sword, then generally carried by well-dressed men. Swords were therefore prohibited by Nash in the public rooms; still they were worn in the streets, when Nash, in consequence of a duel fought by torchlight by two notorious gamesters, made the rule absolute - “That no swords should on any account be worn in Bath.”

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