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Hobnail (Grose 1811 Dictionary)

Hobnail

A country clodhopper: from the shoes of country farmers and ploughmen being commonly stuck full of hob-nails, and even often clouted, or tipped with iron. The Devil ran over his face with hobnails in his shoes; said of one pitted With the small pox.

Definition taken from The 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue, originally by Francis Grose.

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