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 Beadle.Beak. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Beadsman or Bedesman.
 
An inhabitant of an almshouse; so called because in Catholic times most charities of this class were instituted that the inmates might “pray for the soul of the founder.” (See BEAD.)   1
       
“Seated with some grey beadsman.”
       
Crabbe; Borough.
 


 Beadle.Beak. 

 
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