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See also: Lewis
lewis (plural lewises)
- A cramp iron inserted into a cavity in order to lift heavy stones; used as a symbol of strength in Freemasonry.
- Synonym: lewisson
- (by extension, figurative) The son of a Freemason, envisaged as assisting his father in heavy work or in old age.
- A kind of shears used in cropping woollen cloth.
- 1835, Andrew Ure, The philosophy of manufactures, page 203:
- After the preeming period, the lads are put either to the gig-machines, or to the lewises in the cutting or shearing-room.