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 Leather or Prunella.Leatherstocking (Natty). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Leathering.
 
To give one a leathering is to beat him with a leather belt, such as policemen wear, and boys used to wear. (The Welsh lathen is a rod.)   1
 


 Leather or Prunella.Leatherstocking (Natty). 

 
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