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 Kiss,Kiss the Book. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Kiss Hands (To).
 
To kiss the hand of the sovereign either on accepting or retiring from a high government office. (See KISS.)   1
        “Kissing the hand to the statue of a god was a Roman form of adoration.”—Spencer: Principles of Sociology, vol. ii. part iv. chap. 6, p. 123.
 


 Kiss,Kiss the Book. 

 
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