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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Highland Bail.
Fists and cuffs; to escape the constable by knocking him down with the aid of a companion.   1
        “The mute eloquence of the miller and smith, which was vested in their clenched fists, was prepared to give highland bail for their arbiter [Edie Ochiltree].”—Sir W. Scott: The Antiquary, chap. xxix.

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