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 Strat’agem means generalship.Straw, 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Straw.
 
Servants wishing to be hired used to go into the market-place of Carlisle (Carel) with a straw in their mouth. (See MOP.)   1
       
“At Carel I stuid wi’a strae i my mouth,
The wey ves com roun’ me in custers;
What weage dus teax, canny lad?’ says yen.”
       
Anderson: Cumberland Ballads.
 


 Strat’agem means generalship.Straw, 

 
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