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In early use: †an officer at Sandwich, Kent, whose duties include driving stray hogs (obsolete). Later: the staff of office originally held by that officer, now only used on ceremonial occasions.
Late 18th century; earliest use found in William Boys (1735–1803), surgeon and topographer. From hog + mace.
hog mace/ˈhɒɡ meɪs/
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