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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Thin as a Whipping-post.
As a lath; as a wafer. (See SIMILES.)   1
        “I assure you that, for many weeks afterwards, I was as thin as a whipping-post.”—Kingston The Three Admirals, chap. vi.
        “‘I wish we had something to eat,’ said Tom. ‘I shall grow as thin as a whipping-post … I suspect.’”—Kingston: The Three Admirals, chap. xi.

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