Meal-tub Plot

A plot by Dangerfield against James, Duke of York, in 1679; so called because the scheme was kept in a meal-tub in the house of Mrs. Cellier. Dangerfield subsequently confessed the whole affair was a forgery, and was both whipped and condemned to stand in the pillory.

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