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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Devil’s Tattoo (The).
 
Tapping on the table with one’s finger a wearisome number of times; tapping on the floor with one’s foot in a similar manner; repeating any sound with wearisome pertinacity, giving those who hear the “blue devils” or the “fidgets.”   1
 


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