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 Spitfire.Spittle or Spital. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Spitting for Luck.
 
Boys often spit on a piece of money given to them for luck. Boxers spit upon their hands for luck Fishwomen not unfrequently spit upon their hansel (i.e. the first money they take) for luck. Spitting was a charm against fascination among the ancient Greeks and Romans. Pliny says it averted witchcraft, and availed in giving to an enemy a shrewder blow.   1
       
“Thrice on my breast I spit to guard me safe
From fascinating charms.”
       
Theocritos
 


 Spitfire.Spittle or Spital. 

 
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