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Brewer's: Redgauntlet

The sobriquet of Fitz-Aldin, given him from the great slaughter which he made of the Southron, and his reluctance to admit them to quarter. The sobriquet was adopted by him as a surname, an…

Brewer's: Wandering Willie

or Willie Steenson. The blind fiddler who tells the tale of Redgauntlet. ( Sir Walter Scott. Redgauntlet. …

Brewer's: Redding-straik

(A). A blow received by a peacemaker, who interferes between two combatants to red or separate them; proverbially, the severest blow a man can receive. “Said I not to ye, `Make not, m…

Brewer's: Redlaw

(Mr). The haunted man, professor of chemistry in an ancient college. Being haunted, he bargained with his spectre to leave him, and the condition imposed was that Redlaw (go where he would)…

Brewer's: Cat-lap

Milk or weak tea, only fit for the cat to lap. “A more accomplished old woman never drank cat-lap.” —Sir W. Scott: Redgauntlet, chap. xii. Source: Dictionary of Phrase a…

Brewer's: Edward

Edward the Confessor's sword. Curtana (the cutter), a blunt sword of state, emblematical of mercy. The Chevalier Prince Charles Edward. The Young Pretender. Introduced by Sir Walter Scott …

Brewer's: Heart-whole

Not in love; the affections not given to another. “I in love? ... I give you my word I am heartwhole,” —Sir W. Scott: Redgauntlet (letter 13). Source: Dictionary of Phra…

Brewer's: Meridian

(A). A noonday dram of spirits. “He received from the hand of the waiter the meridian, which was placed ready at the bar.” —Sir Walter Scott: Redgauntlet, chap. i. Sourc…

Brewer's: Moulds

In the moulds. In the grave. “After Sir John and her [the minister's wife] were ... baith in the moulds.” —Sir W. Scott: Redgauntlet (Letter xi.). Source: Dictionary of …

Brewer's: Peebles

Poor Peter Peebles. The pauper litigant in Redgauntlet, by Sir Walter Scott. Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894PeelPedlars' French A B C D E F G H I J …