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BISHOPED, or TO BISHOP. A term used among horse-dealers, for
burning the mark into a horse's tooth, after he has
lost it by age; by bishoping, a horse is made to appear
younger than he is. It is a common saying of milk that is
burnt too, that the bishop has set his foot in it. Formerly,
when a bishop passed through a village, all the inhabitants
ran out of their houses to solicit his blessing, even leaving
their milk, &c. on the fire, to take its chance: which, went
burnt to, was said to be bishoped.

TO BISHOP the balls, a term used among printers, to water
them.
- The Devil's Dictionary (Ambrose Bierce)



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