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Quite delightful!  I recognized only two -"Get one's ashes hauled" and "Put the devil into hell".  I came across the latter as a teenager, and could have sworn recalling it from The Canterbury Tales.  A little research indicates that it came from The Decameron, a bit earlier than the article suggests.  I may not have understood the significance of the source in a literary sense, but I certainly was educated by its content.  My favorite, however, is "Play at couch quail".

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