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Brewer's: Rothschild

[Red Shield]. Mayer Amschel, in 1763, made his appearance in Hanover barefoot, with a sack on his shoulders and a bundle of rags on his back. Successful in trade, he returned to Frankfort a…

Baron Guy de Rothschild Biography

bankerDied: June 12, 2007 (Paris, France) Best Known as: head of French banking dynasty Heir to the House of Rothschild and head of French bank dynasty. His …

Brewer's: Fiddle About

(To). To fiddle about a thing means to “play” business. To fiddle with one's fingers is to move them about as a fiddler moves his fingers up and down the fiddle-strings. “…

The Devil's Dictionary: Fiddle

by Ambrose Bierce FICKLENESSFIDELITYFIDDLE -n. An instrument to tickle human ears by friction of a horse's tail on the entrails of a cat. To Rome said Nero: "If to smoke you turn I sh…

Brewer's: Fiddle

(Latin, fidis or fides). He was first fiddle. Chief man, the most distinguished of the company. To play second fiddle. To take a subordinate part. The allusion is to the leader of concerts…

Brewer's: Cat and Fiddle

a public-house sign, is a corruption of Caton le fidele, meaning Caton, Governor of Calais. Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894Cat and KittensCat and Dog A B C…

Brewer's: Fiddle-de-dee!

An exclamation signifying what you say is nonsense or moonshine. Fiddle-de-dee is meant to express the sound of a fiddle-string vocalised. Hence “sound signifying nothing.” So…

Brewer's: Fiddle-faddle

It is all fiddle-faddle. Rubbishy nonsense; talk not worth attention. A ricochet word, of which we have a vast number, as “flim-flam,” “helter-skelter,” “wishy…