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 Beaten to a Mummy.Beating about the Bush. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Beaten with his own Staff.
 
Confuted by one’s own words. An argumentum ad hominem.   1
        “Can High Church bigotry go farther than this? And how well have I since been beaten with mine own staff.”—J. Wesley. (He refers to his excluding Bolzius from “the Lord’s table,” because he had not been canonically baptized.)
 


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