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 for A stick of eels
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Stick \Stick\, n. [OE. sticke, AS. sticca; akin to stician to
     stab, prick, pierce, G. stecken a stick, staff, OHG. steccho,
     Icel. stik a stick. See Stick, v. t..]
     1. A small shoot, or branch, separated, as by a cutting, from
        a tree or shrub; also, any stem or branch of a tree, of
        any size, cut for fuel or timber.
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              Withered sticks to gather, which might serve
              Against a winter's day.               --Milton.
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     2. Any long and comparatively slender piece of wood, whether
        in natural form or shaped with tools; a rod; a wand; a
        staff; as, the stick of a rocket; a walking stick.
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     3. Anything shaped like a stick; as, a stick of wax.
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     4. A derogatory expression for a person; one who is inert or
        stupid; as, an odd stick; a poor stick. [Colloq.]
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     5. (Print.) A composing stick. See under Composing. It is
        usually a frame of metal, but for posters, handbills,
        etc., one made of wood is used.
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     6. A thrust with a pointed instrument; a stab.
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     A stick of eels, twenty-five eels. [Prov. Eng.]
     Stick chimney, a chimney made of sticks laid crosswise, and
        cemented with clay or mud, as in some log houses. [U.S.]
     Stick insect, (Zool.), any one of various species of
        wingless orthopterous insects of the family Phasmidae,
        which have a long round body, resembling a stick in form
        and color, and long legs, which are often held rigidly in
        such positions as to make them resemble small twigs. They
        thus imitate the branches and twigs of the trees on which
        they live. The common American species is Diapheromera
        femorata. Some of the Asiatic species are more than a
        foot long.
     To cut one's stick, or To cut stick, to run away. [Slang]
        --De Quincey.
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