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abel-wackets

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Refrain from asking what going to happen tomorrow, and everyday that fortune grants you, count as gain.
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Abel-wackets

  1. (obsolete, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) (Template loop detected: Template:context 1): Blows given on the palm of the hand with a twisted handkerchief, instead of a ferula; a jocular punishment among seamen, who sometimes play at cards for wackets, the loser suffering as many strokes as he has lost games. (1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue)

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