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 Off his Head.Off with his Head! So much for Buckingham! 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Off the Hooks.
 
Indisposed and unable to work. A door or gate off the hooks is unhinged, and does not work properly. Also, dead.   1
 


 Off his Head.Off with his Head! So much for Buckingham! 

 
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