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 Betty.Betu’bium. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Betty.
 
A skeleton key; the servant of a picklock. Burglars call their short crowbars for forcing locks Jennies and Jemmies. “Jenny” is a “small engine,” i.e. ’ginie, and Jemmy is merely a variant.   1
 


 Betty.Betu’bium. 

 
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