Scarborough warning

Scarborough warning

No warning. The phrase might refer to a surprise attack on the castle of Scarborough in the 16th century. Primarily heard in UK. Well, that thunderstorm came through with a Scarborough warning—it wasn't supposed to rain today at all.
See also: warning
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Sound advice, Hazel, and full marks for bringing this story to our paper as a Scarborough warning to readers.
Q WHERE does the saying "a Scarborough warning" come from?
I USED the expression 'Scarborough warning' the other week and prompted memories from Elsie Eva.
A A Scarborough warning refers to the hasty hanging of criminals or even suspected criminals.
So if Charlie Bad-Diet gets a Scarborough Warning and decides to sell his house and spend the proceeds on a glorious last five years and then survives, only to face a destitute future, he will have no grounds to sue for wrongful prediction.
QWHAT is the origin of the a "Scarborough warning"?
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