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Troehilus

(The), says Barrow, “enters with impunity into the mouth of the crocodile.” This is to pick from the teeth a leech which greatly torments the creature.

Not half so bold
The puny bird that dares, with teasing hum.
Within the crocodile's stretched jaws to come.

Thomas Moore - Lalla Rookh, pt. i.

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