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 Aleberry,Ale-draper, 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Ale-dagger (An).
 
A dagger used in self-defence in ale-house brawls.   1
        “He that drinkes with cutlers must not be without his ale-dagger.” (1589). (See N. E. D.)
        Pierce Pennilesse says:—“All that will not … weare ale-house daggers at your backes [should abstain from taverns].”—See Shakespeare Society, p. 55.
 


 Aleberry,Ale-draper, 

 
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