Arms of England
(The Royal). The three lions leopardised were the
cognisance of William the Conqueror; the lion rampant in the second
quarter is from the arms of Scotland; and the harp in the fourth
quarter represents Ireland. The lion supporter is in honour of England,
and the unicorn in honour of Scotland. These two supporters were
introduced by James I.
William I. had only two lions passant gardant; the third was
introduced by Henry II. The lion rampant first appeared on Scotch seals
in the reign of Alexander II. (1214–1249). The harp was assigned to
Ireland in the time of Henry VII.; before that time the arms of Ireland
were three crowns. The unicorn was not a supporter of the royal
arms of Scotland before the reign of Mary Stuart.
Which arm of the service.
Military or naval?
The secular arm.
Civil, in contradistinction to ecclesiastical jurisdiction.
“The relapsed arm delivered to the secular arm.” —Priestley.
Corruptions of Christianity.
To arm a magnet.
To put an armature on a loadstone. A coat of arms. An
A passage of arms.
A literary controversy; a battle of words. An assault at arms
(or of arms). An attack by fencers; a hand-to-hand military
exercise. At arm's length. At a distance. To keep one at arm's
length is to repel familiarity.
A child in arms is an infant carried about in one's arms. A city in
arms is one in which the people are armed for war. King of arms.
A chief herald in the College of Heralds. Here arms means heraldic
devices. Small arms. Those which do not, like artillery, require
To appeal to arms.
To determine to decide a litigation by war. To arms! Make
ready for battle.
To arms! cried Mortimer,
And couched his quivering lance.
Gray: The Bard.
Come to my arms. Come, and let me embrace you. To lay down their
arms. To cease from armed hostility; to surrender. Under arms.
Prepared for battle; in battle array.
Up in arms.
In open rebellion; roused to anger, as the clergy were up in arms
against Colenso for publishing his Lectures on the Pentateuch.
The latter is a figure of speech.
With open arms.
Cordially; as persons receive a dear friend when they open their
arms for an embrace.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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