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 Fingers.Fingers’ Ends. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Fingers before Forks.
 
       
“This Vulcan was a smith, they tell us,
That first invented tongs and bellows;
For breath and fingers did their works
(We’d fingers long before we’d forks).”
       
King Art of Love.
 


 Fingers.Fingers’ Ends. 

 
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