Scarborough warning

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A nautical expression meaning to let anything on board go with a run without giving due warning. The term comes from an incident in English history, the surprise attack on Scarborough Castle in 1557, when men encountered on the approach march were hanged without trial on suspicion of robbery. The poet and dramatist Thomas Heywood wrote of this:This term Scarborow warning grew, some say,By hasty hanging for rank robbery theare,Who that was met, but suspected in that way,Straight he was truss'd, whatever he were.

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