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 Pickers and Stealers.Pickwick (Mr. Samuel). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Pickle.
 
A rod in pickle. One ready to chastise with at any moment. Piekled means preserved for use. (Danish, pekel.)   1
   I’m in a pretty pickle. In a sorry plight, or state of disorder.   2
       
“How cam’st thou in this pickle?”
       
Shakespeare: Tempest, v. 1.
 


 Pickers and Stealers.Pickwick (Mr. Samuel). 

 
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