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 Club-law.Clumsy (Norwegian, klump, a lump, Swedish, klummsen, benumbed; Icelandic, klumsa). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Clue.
 
I have not yet got the clue to give a clue, i.e. a hint. A clue is a ball of thread (Ang.-Saxon, cleowen). The only mode of finding the way out of the Cretan labyrinth was by a skein of thread, which, being laid along the proper route, indicated the right path.   1
 


 Club-law.Clumsy (Norwegian, klump, a lump, Swedish, klummsen, benumbed; Icelandic, klumsa). 

 
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