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 Staff of Life (The).Stafford Law. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Stafford.
 
He has had a treat in Stafford Court. He has been thoroughly cudgelled. Of course the pun is on the word staff, a stick. The French have a similar phrase—“Il a esté au festin de Martin Baston” (He has been to Jack Drum’s entertainment).   1
 


 Staff of Life (The).Stafford Law. 

 
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