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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Botley Assizes.
 
The joke is to ask a Botley man, “When the assizes are coming on?” and an innuendo is supposed to be implied to the tradition that the men of Botley once hanged a man because he could not drink so deep as his neighbours.   1
 


 Bothie System.Bottes. 

 
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