Paenulam alicui scindere

UnusZnex

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I found this phrase while looking through Lewis & Short's A Latin Dictionary, which is supposed to idiomatically mean "to press one strongly to stay". The phrase is followed by a reference to Cicero: "Cic. Att. 13, 33, 4".

Unfortunately I have had little luck in finding the correct passage, or indeed, finding the phrase in Latin literature.

Has anyone else come across this phrase before?
 

UnusZnex

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Imber Ranae

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I'd not come across it before. I suppose the idea is that by tearing up a guest's cloak the host compels him to stay (the paenula being a necessary garment for long journeys through possibly inclement weather).
 
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