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 Lock, Stock, and Barrel.Lockhart. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Lock the Stable Door.
 
Lock the stable door when the steed is stolen. To take “precautions” when the mischief is done.   1
 


 Lock, Stock, and Barrel.Lockhart. 

 
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