type lice

plural noun

Definition of type lice

  1. 1 :  imaginary lice that the victim of a printer's joke is invited to observe by close scrutiny of set type previously soaked with water and squeezed together by the jokester at the moment of the victim's inspection thereby squirting dirty water in his face

  2. 2 :  the joke involving the scrutiny for type lice

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