Elbow

(Anglo-Saxon, el-boga, el = an ell, boga = a bow.)

A knight of the elbow.
A gambler. At one's elbow. Close at hand. To elbow one's way in. To push one's way through a crowd; to get a place by hook or crook. To elbow out, to be elbowed out. To supersede; to be ousted by a rival.

Up to one's elbow
[in work]. Very busy, or full of work. Work piled up to one's elbows.

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