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 Beeswing.Beetle-crusher. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Beetle (To).
 
To overhang, to threaten, to jut over (Anglo-Saxon, beot-ian, to menace). Hence beetle or beetled brow.   1
       
“Or to the dreadful summit of the cliff,
That beetles o’er his base into the sea.”
       
Shakespeare: Hamlet, i. 4.
 


 Beeswing.Beetle-crusher. 

 
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