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 Ven’ison.Venomous Preacher (The). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Ven’om.
 
The venom is in the tail. The real difficulty is the conclusion. The allusion is to the scorpion, which has a sting in its tail.   1
   The French say, “It is always most difficult to flay the tail” (C’est le plus difficile que d’corcher la queue).   2
 


 Ven’ison.Venomous Preacher (The). 

 
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