Figging is of inserting a piece of ginger root into the anus or vagina. Originally applied to horses as a form of deception as the the horse's condition.
Historically, this practice, also known as feaguing was used to ginger up older horses in order to deceive the purchaser as to the age and condition of the horse, by having the animal hold its tail and head high and moving around nervously, characteristic of a younger horse.
- ↑ Ogilvie, John. "Imperial Dictionary of the English Language", 1883. p. 272