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 Reduplicated or Ricochet Words,Reed. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Right. Thus teamers say to a leading horse, “Ree!” when they want it to turn to the right, and “Hey!” for the contrary direction. (Saxon, reht; German, recht; Latin, rectus; various English dialects, reet, whence reetle, “to put to rights.”)   1
“Who with a hey and ree the beasts command.”
Micro-Cynicon (1599).
   Riddle me, riddle me ree. Expound my riddle rightly.   2

 Reduplicated or Ricochet Words,Reed. 


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