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 Tatterdemal’ion.Tattoo (To). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Tattoo.
 
A beat on the drum at night to recall the soldiers to their barracks. It sounded at nine in summer and eight in winter. (French, tapoter or tapoteztous.)   1
   The devil’s tattoo. Drumming with one’s finger on the furniture, or with one’s toe on the ground—a monotonous sound, which gives the listener the “blue devils.”   2
 


 Tatterdemal’ion.Tattoo (To). 

 
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