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 Richborough, Richeboro’, or Ratesburgh (a Roman fort in the time of Claudius),Rickety Stock. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Rick Mould.
 
This is an April fool joke transferred to hay-harvest. The joke is this: some greenhorn is sent a good long distance to borrow a rick-mould, with strict injunction not to drop it. The lender places something very heavy in a sack or bag, which he hoists on the greenhorn’s back. He carries it carefully in the hot sun to the hayfield, and gets well laughed at for his pains.   1
 


 Richborough, Richeboro’, or Ratesburgh (a Roman fort in the time of Claudius),Rickety Stock. 

 
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