Rule of Thumb
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The rule was that a stick no wider than your thumb was legal to "reprimand" one's wife. English law did state that a man could "chastise his wife in moderation" (www.phrases.org.uk). It is known that the expression Rule of Thumb has been around for ages, maybe pertaining to the measurement of about an inch from the joint to the tip of the thumb.
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