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 Knotted Stick is Planed (The).Knout (1 syl.) 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Knotgrass.
 
Supposed, if taken in an infusion, to stop growth.   1
       
“Get you gone, you dwarf;
       
You minimus, of hindering knotgrass made.”
       
Shakespeare: Midsummer Night’s Dream, iii. 2.
 


 Knotted Stick is Planed (The).Knout (1 syl.) 

 
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