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Darbies

(2 syl.). Handcuffs. This is derived from “Darby and Joan,” because originally two prisoners were linked together as Darby and Joan. “Hark ye! Jem Clink will fetch you the…

Darby and Joan

A loving, old-fashioned, virtuous couple. The names belong to a ballad written by Henry Woodfall, and the characters are those of John Darby, of Bartholomew Close, who died 1730, and his wi…

Prosperity Robinson

Viscount Goderich, Earl of Ripon, Chancellor of the Exchequer in 1823. In 1825 he boasted in the House of the prosperity of the nation, and his boast was not yet cold when the great financi…

Robinson Crusoe

Alexander Selkirk was found in the desert island of Juan Fernandez, where he had been left by Captain Stradling. He remained on the island four years and four months, when he was rescued by…

Jack Robinson

Before you can say Jack Robinson. Immediately. Grose says that the saying had its birth from a very volatile gentleman of that name, who used to pay flying visits to his neighbours, and was…

Ezra DARBY

DARBY, Ezra, a Representative from New Jersey; born in Scotch Plains, N.J., June 7, 1768; attended the common schools; engaged in agricultural pursuits; held offices as chosen freeholder, asses…

Harry DARBY

Senate Years of Service: 1949-1950Party: RepublicanDARBY, Harry, a Senator from Kansas; born in Kansas City, Wyandotte County, Kans., January 23, 1895; attended the public schools; graduated fr…

Swiss Family Robinson

An abridged translation of a German tale by Joachim Heinrich Kampe, tutor to Baron Humboldt. Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894SwithinSwiss Boy A B C D E …

Brown, Jones, and Robinson

Three Englishmen who travel together Their adventures were published in Punch, and were the production of Richard Doyle. They typify the middle-class English abroad; and hold up to ridicule…

John Fletcher DARBY

DARBY, John Fletcher, a Representative from Missouri; born in Person County, N.C., December 10, 1803; attended the public schools; moved with his father to Missouri in 1818, where he worked on …