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 Bay’onet.Bead (Anglo-Saxon, bed, a prayer). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Bayonets.
 
A synonym of “rank and file,” that is, privates and corporals of infantry. As, “the number of bayonets was 25,000.”   1
        “It is on the bayonets that a Quartermaster-General relies for his working and fatigue parties.”—Howitt: Hist. of Eng. (year 1854, p. 260).
 


 Bay’onet.Bead (Anglo-Saxon, bed, a prayer). 

 
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