bang straw

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bang +‎ straw

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bang straw (plural bang straws)

  1. (idiomatic, archaic) A farmer's servant, especially a thresher.
    • 1938 December 1, Hall, James Norman, “The Cheerful Tortoise (Doctor Dogbody's Leg)”, in The Windsor Magazine[1], volume 89, number 528, page 9:
      Strange fastened it to his cane, for he fancied his little stick even on shipboard. With this he sprung onto the bulwark and roared out to Williams: 'I've not struck, sir! Tell your bloody bang-straws to try and hit my stick!'

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