Massacre of the Innocents
(The), in parliamentary phraseology, means the withdrawal at
the close of a session of the bills which time has not rendered it
possible to consider and pass. The phrase was so used in The Times, 1859.
“If the secretarial M.P. is to be condemned for ... voting against
the Miner's Eight Hours Bill, he is equally censurable if he ... does
not support the numerous ... reforms which get the sanction of the
Congress during the Massacre of the Innocents at the close of the
sitting.” —Nineteenth Century, October, 1892, p. 619.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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