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 Shell Jacket (A).Shells 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Shell of an Egg.
After an egg in the shell has been eaten, many persons break or crush the empty shell. Sir Thomas Brown says this was done originally, “to prevent house-spirits from using the shell for their mischievous pranks.” (Book v., chap. xxiii.)   1

 Shell Jacket (A).Shells 

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