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Brewer's: Dust

Money; so called because it is made of gold-dust. It is said that Dean Swift took for the text of a charity sermon, “He who giveth to the poor, lendeth to the Lord.” Having thri…

Sara Teasdale: Dust

DustWhen I went to look at what had long been hidden, A jewel laid long ago in a secret place, I trembled, for I thought to see its dark deep fire — But only a pinch of dust blew up in my fa…

Brewer's: Kiss the Dust

To die, or to be slain. In Psalm lxxii. 9 it is said, “his enemies shall lick the dust.” Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894Kiss the Hare's FootKiss…

Brewer's: Lick the Dust

(To). To fall in battle. “His enemies shall lick the dust.” —Psalm lxxii.9. Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894Licks the ButterLick into Shape…

Brewer's: March Dust

A bushel of March dust is worth a king's ransom. According to the Anglo-Saxon laws, the fine of murder was a sliding scale proportioned to the rank of the person killed. The lowest was 10, …

Brewer's: Devil's Dust

Old rags torn up by a machine called the “devil,” and made into shoddy by gum and pressure. Mr. Ferrand brought the subject before Parliament, March 4th, 1842. It is so called f…

George Sterling: The Dust Dethroned

The Dust DethronedGeorge SterlingSargon is dust, Semiramis a clod! In crypts profaned the moon at midnight peers; The owl upon the Sphinx hoots in her ears, And scant and sear the desert gra…

Cosmic Dust Doomed Dinosaurs?

The earliest fossil animal embryos, dating from the Precambrian era, were found by American, Taiwanese, and Chinese scientists in phosphate deposits in China's Guizhou province. Some of these…

Walt Whitman: This Dust Was Once the Man

This Dust Was Once the ManThis dust was once the man, Gentle, plain, just and resolute, under whose cautious hand, Against the foulest crime in history known in any land or age, Was saved the …