Colt

(A). A piece of knotted rope eighteen inches long for the special benefit of ship boys; a cat-o'-nine-tails.

“Look alive there, lads, or as sure as my name is Sam Weston I'll give the colt to the last man off the deck.” —J. Grant: Dick Rodney, chap. vii.

Colt

(A). A barrister who attends a sergeant-at-law at his induction.

“I accompanied the newly-made Chief Baron as his colt.” —Pollock.

“Then Mr. Railey, his colt, delivered his ring to the Lord Chancellor.” —Wynne.

Colt

(To). To befool, to gull. (Italian, colto, cheated, befooled.)

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