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 Reed Shaken by the Wind (A),Reekie (Auld). 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
He must take in a reef or so. He must reduce his expenses; he must retrench. A reef is that part of a sail which is between two rows of eyeletholes. The object of these eyelet-holes is to reduce the sail reef by reef as it is required.   1

 Reed Shaken by the Wind (A),Reekie (Auld). 


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