E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Ten Commandments (The).
Scratching the face with the ten fingers of an angry woman; or a blow with the two fists of an angry man, in which the ten commandments are summarised into two.
Could I come near your beauty with my nails,
Id set my ten commandments in your face.
Shakespeare: 2 Henry VI., i. 3.
I daur you to touch him, spreading abroad her long and muscular fingers, garnished with claws, which a vulture might have envied. Ill set my ten commandments on the face of the first loon that lays a finger on him.Sir W. Scott: Waverley, chap. xxx.