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Moscow

So called from the river Moscowa, on which it is built.

The monarch of Moscow.
A large bell weighing 193 tons, 21 feet high, and 21 feet in diameter. [So-and-So] was my Moscow. The turning-point of my good fortune, leading to future shoals and misery. The reference is to Napoleon's disastrous expedition, when his star hastened to its setting.

“Juan was my Moscow [the ruin of my reputation].” Byron: Don Juan, xi. 56.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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