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 Bags.Bag o’ Nails. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Bag-man (A).
 
A commercial traveller, who carries a bag with specimens to show to those whose custom he solicits. In former times commercial travellers used to ride a horse with saddle-bags sometimes so large as almost to conceal the rider.   1
 


 Bags.Bag o’ Nails. 

 
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