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 Family.Fan-light (A), 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Fan.
 
I could brain him with his lady’s fan (1 Henry IV., ii. 3)—i.e. knock his brains out with a fan handle. The ancient fans had long handles, so that ladies used their fans for walking-sticks, and it was by no means unusual for very testy dames to chastise unruly children by beating them with their fansticks.   1
       
“Wer’t not better
       
Your head were broken with the handle of a fan?”
       
Beaumont and Fletcher: Wit at Several Weapons, v.
 


 Family.Fan-light (A), 

 
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