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MARION CRAWFORD
MARIA EDOEWORTH
HARDY
See PONS ASINORTTM
At. At all. See ALL
P. French
C. French
EDOEWORTH
HOLMES
THACKEHAY
II. R. HAGGARD
EDGEWOUTH
To break the ice to commence a conversation where there has been an
S. See Do
Bush. To beat about the bush to avoid a direct statement of what must
Cap in liand in the submissive attitude of one who has a favour to
Caput. Caput mortuum a worthless residue. P. Latin
W. RALEGH
P. French. See CASTLES IN SPAIN
See FOOT
To change colour. See CHANGE
Conscience. Conscience-money money paid anonymoiisly by rate-
C. READK
THACKKHAY
EDGEWORTH
TREVELYAN
BROWN
Doe. Doe. See JOHN DOE
Aubri de Montdidier. The murderer's name was Richard Macaire
R. HAGGARD
PALMER
NIENTE
AUSTEN
G. J. WHYTE-MELVILLE
Gallicism. RHODA BROUGHTON
GET ALONG
THACKBRAV
A good Samaritan. See SAMARITAX
Hollows party. G. J. WHYTE-MELVILLE
HAGGARD
FLORENCE MABRYAT
C. A phrase borrowed from a Red Indian custom
To throw the hatchet to tell fabulous stories. F
Haul. To haul over the coals. See COAL
SHAKESPEARE
To let a man have his head to allow him freedom. F. A phrase bor-
M. ARNOLD
DICKESS
JUSTIN M'CARTHY
Jean Jiffy
Joe Millers. THACKERAY
Kaow. To kaow-taow to behave in a submissive manner. F. From
I knew anything). FLORENCE MARRYAT
E. HAGGARD
T. HUOHES
BRADDON
Leather. Leather and prunella (or pnmello) what is on the exterior;
WHYTE-MELVILLE
To have one's head level to be discreet; to have a well-balanced mind
MARRVAT
To stand in one's own light. See STAND
To read between the lines. See READ
P. A phrase taken from the New Testament. Christ fed a multi-
Lombard Street. Lombard Street to a China orange something very
Vinnie. JUSTIN M'CARTHY
Cassius is no more. SHAKESPEAKE
THACKERAY
BLACKMORE
A mare's nest. See MARE
H. R. HAGGARD
M'CARTHY
Obs. Obs and solsobjectiones et solutiones. P. Old-fashioned. These
HUGHES
K. HAGGARD
To open the ball. See BALL
MARIA EDGEWORTH
W. D. HOWELLS
Paddy. A Paddy. See PAT
An Anglo-Indian phrase
Paint. Paint red. See RED
S. BARING-GOULD
Petard. Hoist with one's own petard. See HOIST
T. HUGHES
To make play to take the lead; to lead off. F. A phrase taken from
Pluck up thy spirits. SHAKESPEARE
MELVILLE
Lady St. James's. MARIA EDOEWOUTH
C. READE
WHVTE-MELVILLE
MARRYAT
Reins. To give the reins to allow unrestrained freedom; to release
Ribbon. A red ribbon or riband the order of the Bath. P. The
Run. To run to seed. See SEED
BABING-GOULD
Samaritan. A good Samaritan one who behaves in a kind and com-
DICKENS
H. WOOD
Sere. See SEAR
BUNYAN
Indian corn. HALIBURTON
Sharp. Sharp practice grasping behaviour ; conduct which is defens-
Shooting ofmoons. See MOON
BBADDON
Sleeve. To laugh in one's sleeve. See LAUGH
C. EEADE
FLORENCE MARRYAT
ENCE MARRYAT
Hackham. THACKERAY
CAPTAIN MARRYAT
Indian summer. See INDIAN
To take stock in. See STOCK
Ten. Ten to one ten chances to one; almost certain; almost cer-
HOWELLS
EDOEWOKTH
WORTH
See HEART and SLEEVE
FLORENCE MARBYAT
Would. Would-be in intention; anxious to be considered this or
Yorkshire. To come Yorkshire over a man to cheat or swindle him
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Dictionary of Idiomatic English Phrases 1891 Dixon

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