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 Eel.Eel. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Eel.
 
A salt eel. A rope’s end, used for scourging. At one time eelskins were used for whips.
        “With my salt eele, went down in the parler, and there got my boy and did beat him.”—Pepys Diary (April 24th).
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