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Could it be a contraction of 'it ain't a ghost'? I imagine ghosts don't have breath, and therefore don't have hiccups either.
Katherine

On Dec 7, 2015 5:04 AM, "Rosemary Hayes And Andrew Milligan" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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It couldn't mean something like 'hold your breath' could it?  I'm probably building too much on the fact you hold your breath to get rid of hiccups, the Holy Ghost is also the breath of God and 'tent' sounds like it comes from teno, tenere, Latin for hold?

Rosemary Hayes

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On 7 Dec 2015, at 09:13, Stephen Williams <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

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Dear fellow List Members,

I am editing an early hitherto unpublished 17th century English court play in which one of the characters exclaims

“Tent a Ghost for he hath the hucketts”.

I know, not least from context, that the hucketts are hiccups. But ‘Tent a Ghost’ might just be derived from a religious context? a reference back to something mediaeval ?   I can find no example of the phrase elsewhere, or any explanation of it. Should be grateful for any suggestions or references your collective wisdom might be able to offer!

Steve Williams.

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