Gone to Jericho. No one knows where. The manor of Blackmore,
near Chelmsford, was called Jericho, and was one of the houses of
pleasure of Henry VIII. When this lascivious prince had a mind to be
lost in the embraces of his courtesans, the cant phrase among his
courtiers was “He is gone to Jericho.” Hence, a place of concealment.
Go to Jericho with you. I wish he had been at Jericho.
A euphemistic turn of phrase for “Go and hang yourself,” or
something more offensive still. This saying is derived from 2 Sam. x. 5
and 1 Chron, xix. 5.
“And the king said, Tarry at Jericho until your beards be grown.”
I wish you were at Jericho.
Anywhere out of my way. (See above.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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