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 Horns of the Altar (To the).Horner. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
I’ll chance it, as old Horne did his neck. The reference is to Horne, a clergyman of Notts, who committed murder, but contrived to escape to the Continent. After several years of absence, he returned to England, and when told of the risk he ran, he replied, “I’ll chance it.” He did chance it; but being apprehended, he was tried, condemned, and executed. (The Newgate Calendar.)   1

 Horns of the Altar (To the).Horner. 


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