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(To). To skin an animal. In the Cookery by Mrs. Glasse is the direction, “Take your hare when it is cased, ... and make a pudding ...” The witticism, “First catch your hare,” may possibly have been suggested by this direction, but it is not in the Art of Cookery made Plain and Easy.

Case-hardened
Impenetrable to all sense of honour or shame. The allusion is to iron toughened by carbonising the surface in contact with charcoal in a case or closed box. It is done by heat.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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