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 Devil must be Striking (The) (German).Devil rides on a Fiddlestick (The). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Devil on the Neck (A).
 
An instrument of torture used by persecuting papists. It was an iron winch which forced a man’s neck and legs together.   1
 


 Devil must be Striking (The) (German).Devil rides on a Fiddlestick (The). 

 
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