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 Knot and Bridle (A).Knotted Stick is Planed (The). 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Knots of May.
The children’s game. “Here we go gathering nuts of May” is a perversion of “Here we go gathering knots of May,” referring to the old custom of gathering knots of flowers on May-day, or, to use the ordinary phrase, “to go a-Maying.” Of course, there are no nuts to be gathered in May.   1

 Knot and Bridle (A).Knotted Stick is Planed (The). 


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