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 Tiptoe of Expectation (On the).Tire’sias. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Tirer une Dent.
 
To draw a man’s tooth, or extort money from him. The allusion is to the tale told by Holinshed of King John, who extorted 10,000 marks from a Jew living at Bristol by extracting a tooth daily till he consented to provide the money. For seven successive days a tooth was taken, and then the Jew gave in.   1
 


 Tiptoe of Expectation (On the).Tire’sias. 

 
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