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Fortune

Fortune favours the brave. (“Fortes fortuna adjuvat.”) (Terence: Phormio, i. 4.) Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894FortunioFortunatus A B C D E …

Mistress of the Night

(The). The tuberose is so called because it emits its strongest fragrance after sunset. Sometimes, on a sultry evening, when the atmosphere is highly electrified, the fading flowers of the …

Mistress Roper

The Marines, or any one of them; so called by the regular sailors, because they handle the ropes like girls, not being used to them. Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brew…

Mistress of the World

Ancient Rome was so called, because all the known world gave it allegiance. Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894MitaMistress of the Night A B C D E F G H …

Kiss the Mistress

(To). To make a good hit, to shoot right into the eye of the target. In bowls, what we now call the Jack used to be called the “mistress,” and when one ball just touches another…

Cookie's Fortune

Director: Robert AltmanWriter: Anne RappOctober Films; PG-13; 118 minutesRelease:4/99Cast: Glenn Close, Julianne Moore, Liv Tyler, Chris O'Donnell, Charles S. Dutton Robert Altman'…

Wheel of Fortune

(The). Fortuna, the goddess, is represented on ancient monuments with a wheel in her hand, emblematical of her inconstancy. Though F…

Soldiers of Fortune

Chevaliers de l'industrie; men who live by their wits. Referring to those men in mediæval times who let themselves for hire into any army. “His father was a soldier of fortune, a…

Fortunate Islands

Now called the Canaries. Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894FortunatusFortiter in Re 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 Z…

Elvira, Mistress of the Dark

Name at birth: Cassandra PetersonActress Cassandra Peterson is better known for her spoofy, sexy alter ego: Elvira, Mistress of the Dark. Peterson was just another struggling actress during the 1970s…