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 Booby (Lady).Book (Ang.-Saxon, boc; Danish, beuke; German, buche, a beech-tree). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Booby-trap (A).
 
A pitcher of water, book, or something else, balanced gingerly on the top of a door set ajar, so that when the booby or victim is enticed to pass through the door, the pitcher or book falls on him.   1
 


 Booby (Lady).Book (Ang.-Saxon, boc; Danish, beuke; German, buche, a beech-tree). 

 
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