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Brewer's: Fleshed

He fleshed his sword. Used it for the first time. Men fleshed in cruelty —i.e. initiated or used to it. A sportsman's expression. When a sportsman wishes to encourage a young dog or …

Brewer's: Flesh and Blood

Human nature, as “Flesh and blood cannot stand it.” Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894Flesh-potsFlemish School A B C D E F G H I J K L M…

Brewer's: Fish and Flesh

You must not make fish of one and flesh of the other. You must treat both alike. Fish is an inferior sort of animal food to flesh. The alliteration has much to do with the phrase. Source:…

Brewer's: Fleshly School

(The). A class of “realistic” British poets, such as Swinburne, Rossetti, Morris, etc. So called by Thomas Maitland [R. Buchanan] in the Contemporary Review. Source: Dictionar…

Brewer's: Boar's Flesh

Buddha died from a meal of dried boar's flesh. Mr. Sinnett; tells us that the “boar” referred to was the boar avatar of Vishnu, and that “dried boar's flesh” means e…

Brewer's: Pound of Flesh

The whole bargain, the exact terms of the agreement, the bond literatim et verbatim. The allusion is to Shylock, in The Merchant of Venice, who bargained with Antonio for a “pound of …

Brewer's: Thorn in the Flesh

(A). Something to mortify; a skeleton in the cupboard. The allusion is to a custom `common amongst the ancient Pharisees, one class of which used to insert thorns in the borders of their ga…

Anne Bradstreet: The Flesh and the Spirit

The Flesh and the Spirit In secret place where once I stood Close by the Banks of Lacrim flood, I heard two sisters reason on Things that are past and things to come. One Flesh was call'd, wh…

Brewer's: Flesh-pots

Sighing for the flesh-pots of Egypt. Hankering for good things no longer at your command. The children of Israel said they wished they had died “when they sat by the flesh-pots of Egy…