under the harrow


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under the harrow

in distress.
A harrow is a heavy frame set with iron teeth or tines, drawn over ploughed land to break up clods and root up weeds; an animal caught under a harrow would suffer extreme pain. In the poem ‘Pagett, MP’ ( 1886 ), Rudyard Kipling alludes to such a situation: ‘The toad beneath the harrow knows Exactly where each tooth-point goes’.