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 Oil the Knocker (To).Olaf or Olave (St.). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Ointment.
 
Money, From the fable De la Vieille qui Oint la Palme au Chevalier (thirteenth century).   1
        “Vole’bant autem præfa’ti clerici al’iquem ha’berë lega’tum natio’në Roma’num, que unguentis Anglicis, auro scilicet et argento solent ad quælibet inclina’ri.”—Gervais de Canterbury: Chronicle; Scriptores decem ii., 1533.
 


 Oil the Knocker (To).Olaf or Olave (St.). 

 
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