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  • (pl. noun) - Clandestine marriages, especially of minors, at one time permitted without banns or license at the Chapel of the Fleet prison, but from the latter part of Queen Anne's reign 1702-1714 performed by the Fleet clergy in rooms of nearby taverns and houses. --Ebenezer Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, 1898

    January 26, 2018