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 Lloyd’s Rooms.Loaf held in the Hand (A) 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Never turn a loaf in the presence of a Menteith. Sir John Stewart de Menteith was the person who betrayed Sir William Wallace to King Edward. His signal was, when he turned a loaf set on the table, the guests were to rush upon the patriot, and secure him. (Sir Walter Scott: Tales of a Grandfather, vii.)   1

 Lloyd’s Rooms.Loaf held in the Hand (A) 


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