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 Strangers Sacrificed.Strappa’do. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Strap Oil.
 
A beating. A corruption of strap ’eil, i.e. German theil (a dole). The play is palpable. The “April fool” asks for a pennyworth of strap ’eil, that is dole of the strap, in French l’huile de cotret. (Latin, stroppus.)   1
 


 Strangers Sacrificed.Strappa’do. 

 
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