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 Spontaneous Combustion.Spoon (A). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Spoon.
 
(See APOSTLE-SPOONS.)   1
   He hath need of a long spoon that eateth with the devil. Shakespeare alludes to this proverb in the Comedy of Errors, iv. 3; and again in the Tempest, ii. 2, where Stephano says: “Mercy! mercy! this is a devil … I will leave him, I have no long spoon.”   2
       
“Therefor behoveth him a ful long spoon
That schal ete with a feend.”
       
Chaucer: The Squieres Tale, 10,916.
 


 Spontaneous Combustion.Spoon (A). 

 
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