Download PDF by Robert Allen : Allen's Dictionary of English Phrases

By Robert Allen

ISBN-10: 0140515119

ISBN-13: 9780140515114

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Abraham in Abraham’s bosom in heaven, or in a state of eternal happiness. ’ The reference is to the Old Testament father of the Hebrews, and ancestor of the three great religions that profess one God (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam). In the Genesis account he was born in the Sumerian town of Ur (of the Chaldees) in Mesopotamia (modern Iraq), and moved with his family to the city of Mari on the Euphrates and then on to the promised land of Canaan. 18th cent. Thomas Holcroft The Adventures of Hugh Trevor 1794 You may guzzle wine here, but you shall want a drop of water to cool your tongue hereafter!

The typical form of the phrase the jury is still out on such-and-such, meaning that it is still under consideration, might be modified in the form the jury remains out on such-and-such or even the jury has ordered sandwiches on such-and-such. Phrases are based on imagination, and are subject to extensive free realization. The modern phrase a sandwich short of a picnic, for example, meaning ‘stupid or crazy’, has been modified in all sorts of ways (beyond what can be listed in the entry) both within and outside its original image domain:two sandwiches short of a picnic, two slices short of a toast rack, a few pickles short of a jar, one card short of a full deck, one side short of a pentagon, and (with a nod to the surreal) one tree short of a hammock.

Hardy A Pair of Blue Eyes 1873 There was no wall, the division between God’s Acre and Lord Luxellian’s being marked only by a few square stones. across See across the BOARD. act The dominant meaning is ‘something done, a deed’. ) gave rise to the sense ‘each of a series of short pieces in a programme of entertainment’ which is the basis of some of the phrases below. The verb is 17th cent. an act of God a sudden event brought about by natural forces that only God is supposedly able to control, especially a catastrophe such as a flood or earthquake.

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