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 Pegging Away (Keep).Pela’gianism. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Peine Forte et Dure.
 
A species of torture applied to contumacious felons. In the reign of Henri IV. the accused was pressed to death by weights; in later reigns the practice prevailed of tying the thumbs tightly together with whipcord, to induce the accused to plead. The following persons were pressed to death by weights:—Juliana Quick, in 1442; Anthony Arrowsmith, in 1598; Walter Calverly, in 1605; Major Strangways, in 1657; and even in 1741 a person was pressed to death at the Cambridge assizes. Abolished 1772.   1
 


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