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 Goat and Compasses.Gobbler (A). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Goats.
 
(Anglo-Saxon, gt.)   1
   The three goats. A public-house sign at Lincoln, is a corruption of the Three Gowts, that is, drains or sluices, which at one time conducted the waters of a large lake into the river Witham. The name of the inn is now the Black Goats.   2
 


 Goat and Compasses.Gobbler (A). 

 
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