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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Subpœ’na
 
is a writ given to a man commanding him to appear in court, to bear witness or give evidence on a certain trial named in the writ. It is so called because the party summoned is bound to appear sub pœna centum libro’rum (under a penalty of £100). We have the verb to subpœna.   1
 


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