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 Ringing Island.Riot. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Ringleader.
 
The person who opens a ball or leads off a dance (see Hollyband’s Dictionary, 1593). The dance referred to was commenced by the party taking hands round in a ring, instead of in two lines as in the country dance. The leader in both cases has to set the figures. One who organises and leads a party.   1
 


 Ringing Island.Riot. 

 
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