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 Nil’ica or Sephal’ica.Nimble as Ninepence. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Nimble as a Cat on a hot Bakestone.
In a great hurry to get away. The bake-stone in the north is a large stone on which bread and oat-cakes are baked.   1

 Nil’ica or Sephal’ica.Nimble as Ninepence. 

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