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 Key.Key-stone. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Key-cold.
 
Deadly cold, lifeless. A key, on account of its coldness, is still sometimes employed to stop bleeding at the nose.   1
       
“Poor key-cold figure of a holy king!
Pale ashes of the house of Lancaster!
Thou bloodless remnant of that royal blood!”
       
Shakespeare: Richard III., i. 2.
 


 Key.Key-stone. 

 
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