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 Blenheim Steps.Blessing 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Bless.
 
He has not a [sixpence] to bless himself with, i.e. in his possession; wherewith to make himself happy. This expression may probably be traced to the time when coins were marked with a deeply-indented cross. Cf. To keep the devil out of one’s pocket.   1
 


 Blenheim Steps.Blessing 

 
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