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 Whip with Six Strings (The).Whis’kers. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Whipping Boy.
A boy kept to be whipped when a prince deserved chastisement. Mungo Murray stood for Charles I., Barnaby Fitzpatrick for Edward VI. (Fuller: Church History, ii. 342.) D’Ossat and Du Perron, afterwards cardinals, were whipped by Clement VIII. for Henri IV. of France. Also called a whip-boy.   1

 Whip with Six Strings (The).Whis’kers. 

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