Bite the cartridge
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Refusing to "bite the cartridge" was a turn of phrase used by the British in India of Native Indian soldiers (sepoys) who had mutinied in 1857.
One of the alleged causes of the Indian Rebellion of 1857 were rumours that the grease on these cartridges designed to keep them dry was, variously, pork or beef fat (pork being abhorrent to Muslims, cows being sacred to Hindus), thus their refusal to bite them.
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