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 Hatton Garden (London).Hauss’manniza’tion. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Haul over the Coals.
 
Take to task. Jamieson thinks it refers to the ordeal by fire, a suggestion which is favoured by the French corresponding phrase, mettre sur la sellette (to put on the culprit’s stool).   1
 


 Hatton Garden (London).Hauss’manniza’tion. 

 
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