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  • n  a flat protective covering (on a door or wall etc) to prevent soiling by dirty fingers
  • n  (nautical) a plate on a ship's stern on which the name is inscribed
  • n  a shield; especially one displaying a coat of arms

  • It was high time to give the Vice President his due, Nixon told his aides, who promptly got busy polishing up the Agnew escutcheon.
  • Since 1905 a foul blot has stained the national checker escutcheon.
  • A federal grand jury sitting in Washington finally got around to the man who added the mink coat couchant to the escutcheon of the Truman Administration.

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