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 Free Coup (in Scotland)Free Lances of Life (The). 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Free Lances.
Roving companies of knights, etc., who wandered from place to place, after the Crusades, selling their services to anyone who would pay for them. In Italy they were termed Condottie’ri.   1

 Free Coup (in Scotland)Free Lances of Life (The). 

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