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Brewer's: Feather One's Nest

He has feathered his nest well. He has made lots of money; has married a rich woman. The allusion is to birds, which line their nests with feathers to make them soft and warm. Source: Dic…

Over and on the Sea

Over and on the Sea One of the next major advancements in human flight came in response to a contest sponsored by The Daily Mail of London, which offered a prize to the first aviator to fly ac…

Brewer's: Cuckoo

A cuckold. The cuckoo occupies the nest and eats the eggs of other birds; and Dr. Johnson says “it was usual to alarm a husband at the approach of an adulterer by calling out `Cuckoo,…

Brewer's: Mare's Nest

To find a mare's nest is to make what you suppose to be a great discovery, but which turns out to be all moonshine. Why dost thou laugh? What mare's nest hast thou found? Beaumont and Fletc…

Brewer's: Nest

To feather one's nest. (See Feather.) Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894Nest-eggNessus A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y…

Brewer's: Come Over One

(To). To wheedle one to do or give something. (Anglo-Saxon, ofer-cuman, to overcome.) To come over one is in reality to conquer or get your own way. Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable…

Brewer's: Crow over One

(To), is to exult over a vanquished or abased person. The allusion is to cocks, who always crow when they have vanquished an adversary. Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham B…

Brewer's: Come Yorkshire over One

(To). To bamboozle one, to overreach one. Yorkshire has always been proverbial for shrewdness and sharp practice. “I's Yorkshire too” means, I am 'cute as you are, and am not to…

Brewer's: Cuckoo-Spit

“Frog-Spit,” or “Froth-Spit.” The spume which forms the uidus of an insect called the Cicada Spumaria, or, more strictly speaking, the Cercopis Spumaria (one of the …

This Cup Runneth Over?

U.S. Ryder Cup team faces a tough European challenge by Gerry Brown & Mike Morrison Tiger Woods is the top-ranked player in the world. Fear him. (Source/AP) Related Links 1997 Ryder Cup ResultsA…