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 Thumb.Thum’bikins or Thumbscrew. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Thumb-nail Legacies.
 
Legacies so small that they could be written on one’s thumb-nail.   1
       
“’Tis said, some men may make their wills
On their thumb-nails, for aught they can bestow.”
       
Peter Pindar: Lord B. and his Motions.
 


 Thumb.Thum’bikins or Thumbscrew. 

 
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