Turning the Skelk’s Tail

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A common amusement of children is to lure skelks out of their holes by tying a string to a crumb or piece of cheese. Once the skelk comes out the child will move the bait, causing the skelk to run in circles after its own tail. The phrase ‘turning the skelk’s tail’ has therefore also come to encompass the idea of someone telling a tall tale, a trick, or a jest.

 

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