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nounEnglish Regional, Midlands, Northern
The practice of subjecting a husband to public condemnation and humiliation for beating his wife, typically by causing a disturbance outside his house by beating pots and kettles, singing and chanting loudly, etc.; an instance of this.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in The Reliquary; a depository for precious relics. Apparently from ran-tan + -ing.
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