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 Pontius Pilate’s Body-Guard.Poona. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Pony (A).
Twenty-five pounds. A sporting term; a translation crib = to carry one over a difficulty.   1
   Pony in vingt-et-un. The person on the right-hand of the dealer, whose duty it is to collect the cards for the dealer; so called from the Latin pone, “behind,” being behind the dealer.   2

 Pontius Pilate’s Body-Guard.Poona. 

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