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To cut someone's leg at the calf or the hamstring rendering them unable to walk properly… This was the practice of Dublin butchers who feuded against others.
In 1783 the brutal practice of houghing (a favourite practice, as we mentioned before, with the Dublin butchers and their feuds)…"

~John Edward Walsh "Ireland Sixty Years Ago."
by EamonLoi July 23, 2014
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