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 Stiver.Stock Exchange Slang. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
From the verb to stick (to fasten, make firm, fix).   1
   Live stock. The fixed capital of a farm.   2
   Stock in trade. The fixed capital.   3
   The village stocks, in which the feet are stuck or fastened.   4
   A gun stock, in which the gun is stuck or made fast.   5
   It is on the stocks. It is in hand, but not yet finished. The stocks is the frame in which a ship is placed while building, and so long as it is in hand it is said to be or to lie on the stocks.   6

 Stiver.Stock Exchange Slang. 


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