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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…

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…

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. “…

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…

Baron Guy de Rothschild

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 …

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…

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…

The Devil's Dictionary

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…