Leather

Nothing like leather My interest is the best nostrum. A town, in danger of a siege, called together a council of the chief inhabitants to know what defence they recommended. A mason suggested a strong wall, a shipbuilder advised “wooden walls,” and when others had spoken, a currier arose and said, “There's nothing like leather.”

In Botallack, Cornwall, a standing toast is Tin and Pilchards, the staples of the town. Another version is. “Nothing like leather to administer a thrashing”

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