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thumbpiece

[thuhm-pees] /ˈθʌmˌpis/
noun
1.
a lever over the hinge on the lid of a tankard, pressed by the thumb to raise the lid.
Also called billet.
Origin
1750-1760
1750-60; thumb + piece
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