(The). The British Channel; the Atlantic, which separates America
from the British Isles; the sea between Australasia and the United
Kingdom, are all so called.
“He'll plague you now he's come over the herring-pond.” —Sir W. Scott: Guy Mannering. chap. xxxiv.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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