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"lick and a promise2

Posted by Jon on March 12, 2004

I have always believed this comes from an old romany tradition. when romany people trade animals, such as horses they always spit on their hands before shaking on the deal which makes it binding. therefore, " a lick and a promise" this also applies to many dealings even today but especially at horse fairs.

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