choking oyster n.
a reply that silences one’s opponent.
|Bowge of Courte line 477: I have a stoppynge oyster in my poke.|
|Erasmus’ Apophthegms (1564) Bk I 61: To a feloe laiyng to his rebuke, that he was ouer deintie of his mouthe and diete, he did with this reason giue a stopping oistre.(trans.)|
|Proverbs I Ch. xi: His wyfe to make up my mouthe, / Not only her husbandes tauntyng tale avouthe, / But thereto deviseth to cast in my teeth, / Checks and chokyng oysters.|