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Kiss the Gunner's Daughter

(To) To be flogged on board ship, being tied to the breech of a cannon.

“I was made to kiss' the wench that never speaks but when she scolds, and that's the gunner's daughter ... Yes, the minister's son ... has the cat's scratch on his back.” —Sir W Scott: Redgauntlei, chap. xiv

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