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 Catharine Wheel (A).Catharine-wheel Politicians. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Catharine Wheels.
To turn Catharine Wheels. To turn head over heels on the hands. Boys in the streets, etc., often do so to catch a penny or so from trippers and others.   1
   A Catharine-wheel window. A wheel-window, sometimes called a rose-window, with radiating divisions. St. Catharine was a virgin of royal descent in Alexandria, who publicly confessed the Christian faith at a sacrificial feast appointed by the Emperor Maximi’nus, for which confession she was put to death by torture by means of a wheel like that of a chaff-cutter.   2

 Catharine Wheel (A).Catharine-wheel Politicians. 


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