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PIPE, Eng. laid. The name of a roll in the exchequer otherwise called the Great Roll. A measure containing two hogsheads; one hundred and twenty-six gallons is also called a pipe.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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He piped down when we got there and Gavin Hastings was conducting proceedings.
The 62-year-old dance teacher from Stranraer was piped down the concourse in a low-key ceremony at the P&O ferry port where the torch landed.
have piped down long ago, found someplace else to settle,