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 Say.Scævola [left-handed]. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Sbirri (Italian).
 
A police-force which existed in the pope’s dominions. They were domiciled in private houses.   1
        “He points them out to his sbirri and armed ruffians.”—The Daily Telegraph.
 


 Say.Scævola [left-handed]. 

 
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