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 Tre, Pol, Pen.Treading on One’s Corns. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Treacle [tree-k’l]
 
properly means an antidote against the bite of wild beasts (Greek, the’riaka [pharmka], from thr a wild beast). The ancients gave the name to several sorts of antidotes, but ultimately it was applied chiefly to Venice treacle (the’riaca androchi), a compound of some sixty-four drugs in honey.   1
   Sir Thomas More speaks of “a most strong treacle (i.e. antidote) against these venomous heresies.” And in an old version of Jeremiah viii. 22, “balm” is translated treacle—“Is there no treacle at Gilead? Is there no phisitian there?”   2
 


 Tre, Pol, Pen.Treading on One’s Corns. 

 
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