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 Sub Cuitro Liquit.Sub Jo’ve (Latin). 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Sub Hasta.
By auction. When an auction took place among the Romans, it was customary to stick a spear in the ground to give notice of it to the public. In London we hang from the first-floor window a strip of bed-room carpet.   1

 Sub Cuitro Liquit.Sub Jo’ve (Latin). 

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