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 Philistines,Philis’tinism. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Philis’tines (3 syl.).
 
Earwigs and other insect tormentors are so called in Norfolk. Bailiffs, constables, etc. “The Philistines are upon thee, Samson” (Judges xvi.).   1
 


 Philistines,Philis’tinism. 

 
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