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 Tu-ral-lu,Tub, Tubbing. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
A tale of a tub. A cock-and-bull story; a rigmarole, nonsensical romance. The Tale of a Tub is a religious satire by Dean Swift.   1
   Throw a tub to the whale. To create a diversion in order to avoid a real danger; to bamboozle or mislead an enemy. In whaling, when a ship is threatened by a whole school of whales, it is usual to throw a tub into the sea to divert their attention, and to make off as fast as possible.   2
   A tub of naked children. Emblematical of St. Nicholas, in allusion to two boys murdered and placed in a pickling tub by a landlord, but raised to life again by this saint. (See NICHOLAS.)   3

 Tu-ral-lu,Tub, Tubbing. 


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