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 Stuck-up People.Stuff Gown. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Stuck his Spoon in the Wall.
 
Took up his residence. Sometimes it means took up his long home, or died. In primitive times a leather strap was very often nailed to the wall, somewhere near the fireplace, and in this strap were stuck such things as scissors, spoons for daily use, pen-case, and so on. In Barclay’s Ship of Fools is a picture of a man stirring a pot on the fire, and on the wall is a strap with two spoons stuck into it.   1
 


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