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 Case (To).Cashier’ (2 syl.). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Case-hardened.
 
Impenetrable to all sense of honour or shame. The allusion is to iron toughened by carbonising the surface in contact with charcoal in a case or closed box. It is done by heat.   1
 


 Case (To).Cashier’ (2 syl.). 

 
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