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 Ale-silver.Ale-wife. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Ale-stake.
 
The pole set up before ale-houses by way of “sign.” A bush was very often fixed to its top. A tavern.   1
       
“A garland had he set upon his head
As great as it werein for an ale-stake.”
       
Chaucer.
       
“I know many an ale-stake.”
       
Hawkins: English Drama, i. 100.
 


 Ale-silver.Ale-wife. 

 
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