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  • (noun) - (1) A salve which was supposed to cure the wound, being applied to the weapon that made it. --Samuel Johnson's Dictionary of the English Language, 1755 (2) The direction, "Bind the wound and grease the nail," is still common when a wound has been given with a rusty nail. Sir Kenelm Digby says the salve is sympathetic, and quotes several instances to prove that "as the sword is treated, the wound inflicted by it feels similar. Thus, if the instrument is kept wet the wound will feel cool; if held to the fire it will feel hot." --Ebenezer Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, 1887

    (noun) - A salve which was supposed to cure the wound, being applied to the weapon that made it.

    --Samuel Johnson's Dictionary of the English Language, 1755

    February 11, 2018

  • See weapon-salve.

    August 27, 2013