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 Billingsgate Pheasant (A).Billy Barlow. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Billy.
 
A policeman’s staff, which is a little bill or billet.   1
   A pocket-handkerchief. “A blue billy” is a handkerchief with blue ground and white spots.   2
 


 Billingsgate Pheasant (A).Billy Barlow. 

 
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