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 Ostler,Os’trich. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Os’tracis’m.
 
Oyster-shelling, blackballing, or expelling. Clis’thens gave the people of Attica the power of removing from the state, without making a definite charge, any leader of the people likely to subvert the government. Each citizen wrote his vote on an earthenware table (ostracon), whence the term.   1
 


 Ostler,Os’trich. 

 
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