E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Plymouth Cloak (A).
A good stout cudgel. In the time of the Crusades many men of good family used to land at Plymouth utterly destitute. They went to a neighbouring wood, cut themselves a good stout club, and, stopping the first passenger that passed by, provided themselves with money and clothing. (Fuller: Worthies.)