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 Raw.Rawhead and Bloody-Bones. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Raw Lobster (A).
 
A policeman. Lobsters before they are boiled are a dark blue. A soldier dressed in scarlet is a lobster; a policeman, or sort of soldier, dressed in dark blue is a raw lobster. The name was given to the new force by the Weekly Dispatch newspaper, which tried to write it down.   1
 


 Raw.Rawhead and Bloody-Bones. 

 
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