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 Lifter.Lifting, or Lifting the Little Finger. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Lifting (The).
In Scotland means lifting the coffin on the shoulders of the bearers. Certain ceremonies preceded the funeral.   1
        “When at the funeral of an ordinary husbandman, one o’clock was named as the hour for ‘lifting,’ the party began to assemble two hours previously.”—Saladin: Agnostic Journal, Jan. 14, 1893, p. 27.
   At the first service were offered meat and ale; at the second, shortbread and whisky; at the third, seed-cake and wine; at the fourth, currant-bun and rum: at the last, sugar-biscuits and brandy.   2

 Lifter.Lifting, or Lifting the Little Finger. 


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