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 Pal’liate (3 syl.)Palm Off (To) 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Palm.
 
An itching palm. A hand ready to receive bribes. The old superstition is that if your palm itches you are going to receive money.   1
       
“Let me tell you, Cassius, you yourself
Are much condemned to have an itching palm.”
       
Shakespeare: Julius Cœsar, iv. 3.
   To bear the palm. To be the best. The allusion is to the Roman custom of giving the victorious gladiator a branch of the palm tree.   2
 


 Pal’liate (3 syl.)Palm Off (To) 

 
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