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 Bilker (A).Bill (A). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Bill (The).
 
The nose, also called the beak. Hence, “Billy” is slang for a pocket-handkerchief.   1
       
“Lastly came Winter, clothed all in frize,
Chattering his teeth for cold that did him chill;
Whilst on his hoary beard his breath did freeze;
And the dull drops that from his purple bill [nose],
As from a limbeck, did adown distill.”
       
Spenser: Faërie Quecene, canto vii.
 


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