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 Kettle of Fish.Kettledrummle (Gabriel.) 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Kettledrum.
 
A large social party, originally applied to a military party in India, where drum-heads served for tables. On Tweedside it signifies a “social party,” met together to take tea from the same tea-kettle. (See DRUM, HURRICANE.)   1
   Kettledrum, a drum in the shape of a kiddle or fish-basket.   2
 


 Kettle of Fish.Kettledrummle (Gabriel.) 

 
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