One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A piece of sheet-iron used as a platform or step; an iron footplate; Curling a piece of frosted sheet-iron formerly laid on the ice and used by a player to stand on while delivering the stone; compare "crampet", "hack").
2An iron shackle for the foot or feet.
Mid 18th century; earliest use found in William Ellis (c1700–1758), agriculturist and writer.
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