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From The Great War 1914-1918

Clink: Cells. The Guard Room. Prison. "I've sat in clink without my boots, admiring how the world was made" (Rudyard Kipling). Clink is a survival of 18th Century thieves' slang, a name for Newgate and other jails, suggested by the clanking of the fetters and leg-irons of the prisoners. "The Clinks" in particular, was the name of a large prison in Southwark, which was burned down in the Gordon Riots of 1780. [1]

References / notes

  1. Edward Fraser and John Gibbons (1925). Soldier and Sailor Words and Phrases. Routledge, London p.58.

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