According to Jeffrey Kacirk's "Forgotten English":
" In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, a term for a prostitute's bully or Apple-John, who kept sentinel at taverns for her. Eve's relationship with the apple may have influenced and precipitated this expression. Another likely possibility is that the expression derives from 'costermongers'-apple peddlers who worked the streets of London and sometimes acted as liaisons for harlots and their clients. The related term 'apple-wife' was probably a euphemism for 'bawd'. "
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