(the dog), in Punchinello, wears a frill garnished with
bells, to frighten away the devil from his master. This is a very old
superstition. (See Passing Bell.)
The Chinese and other nations make a great noise at death to scare
away evil spirits. “Keening” is probably based on the same
The high toby, the high-road, the low toby, the
by-road. A highwayman is a “high tobyman;” a mere footpad is a “low
“So we can do a touch now ... as well as you grand gentlemen on the
high toby.” —Boldrewood: Robbery under Arms, chap. xxvi.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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