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 Go without Saying (To).Goat and Compasses. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Goat.
 
Usually placed under seats in church stalls, etc., as a mark of dishonour and abhorrence, especially to ecclesiastics who are bound by the law of continence.   1
   The seven little goats. So the Pleiades are vulgarly called in Spain.   2
 


 Go without Saying (To).Goat and Compasses. 

 
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