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 Knot and Bridle (A).Knotted Stick is Planed (The). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Knots of May.
 
The children’s game. “Here we go gathering nuts of May” is a perversion of “Here we go gathering knots of May,” referring to the old custom of gathering knots of flowers on May-day, or, to use the ordinary phrase, “to go a-Maying.” Of course, there are no nuts to be gathered in May.   1
 


 Knot and Bridle (A).Knotted Stick is Planed (The). 

 
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