(The). The first of the labours of Hereules was to kill the Nemean lion (of Argolis), which kept the people in constant alarm. Its skin was so tough that his club made no impression on the beast, so Hercules caught it in his arms and squeezed it to death. He ever after wore the skin as a mantle.
“Ere Nemea's boast resigned his shaggy spoils.” $$$.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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