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Brewer's: Rook

(A). A cheat. “To rook,” to cheat; “to rook a pigeon,” to fleece a greenhorn. Sometimes it simply means, to win from another at a game of chance or skill. (See Rooke…

Brewer's: Winged Rooks

Outwitted sharpers. A rook is a sharper, and a rookery the place of resort for sharpers. A rook is the opposite of a pigeon; a rook cheats, a pigeon is …

Brewer's: Rook's Hill

(Lavant, Chichester), celebrated for the local tradition that the golden calf of Aaron is buried there. Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894RookeryRook A B C …

Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone country profile, with map and flag of Sierra Leone; geography, history, politics, government, economy, population, culture, religion, languages, and largest cities.

Sergio Leone

Born into a famous Italian moviemaking family, Sergio Leone made a name for himself in 1964 with his second feature film, Per un pugno di dollari (A Fistful of Dollars). The movie and its two sequels…

Leon Panetta

Leon Panetta has worked as a Senate aide, a Congressman, a White House Chief of Staff, director of the C.I.A. and Secretary of Defense during his long career in politics. Leon Panetta earned both und…

Leon Theremin

Name at birth: Lev Sergeivich TeremenLeon Theremin was a Russian engineer who invented the electronic musical instrument that bears his name, and his story is as strange as the music the thing produce…

Leon Uris

Leon Uris was a best-selling novelist known especially for modern Jewish heroes such as those depicted in his 1958 novel Exodus. An international success, the book resulted from Uris's research as a w…

Leon Hart

Leon HartBorn: Nov. 2, 1928Football E only player to win 3 national championships in college and 3 more in the NFL; won his titles at Notre Dame (1946-47,49) and with Detroit Lions (1952-53,57…

Leon Barmore

Leon BarmoreBorn: June 3, 1944college basketball coach respected coach of Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters; retired in Aug., 2002; career win pct. of .869 (576-87, 20 yrs) is best all-time; won n…