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Brewer's: Gild the Pill

(To). To do something to make a disagreeable task less offensive, as a pill is gilded to make it less offensive to the sight and taste. Children's powders are hidden in jam, and authors are…

Brewer's: Gilded Chamber

(The). The House of Lords. “Mr. Rowland Winn is now Lord St. Oswald, and after years spent in the Lower House he has retired to the calm of the gilded chamber.” —Newspaper…

Brewer's: Ages

Varro (Fragments, p. 219, Scaliger's edition, 1623) recognises three ages:— From the beginning of mankind to the Deluge, a time wholly unknown. From the Deluge to the First Olympiad,…

James Agee

Name at birth: Rufus James AgeeWriter James Agee made his name in the 1940s as a journalist and film critic, and he was posthumously awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his autobiographical novel, A Death …

Brewer's: Age of Animals

An old Celtic rhyme, put into modern English, says: Thrice the age of a dog is that of a horse; Thrice the age of a horse is that of a man; Thrice the age of a man is that of a deer; Thri…

Presidential Age

The Question: Do you have to be 35 to be the president? The Answer: The U.S. Constitution sets out the following requirements for the presidency…

Brewer's: The Age of Women

Though many women are mentioned in the Bible, the age of only one (Sarah, Abraham's wife) is recorded, and that to show at her advanced age she would become the mother of Isaac. “Eli…

Philip Agee Biography

former CIA officerDied: January 7, 2008 (Havana, Cuba) Best Known as: a former CIA officer who turned against the agency A former CIA officer who turned agai…

Brewer's: Golden Age

The best age; as the golden age of innocence, the golden age of literature. Chronologers divide the time between Creation and the birth of Christ into ages; Hesiod describes five, and Lord …

Brewer's: The Age of the Bishops

The ninth century. (Hallam: Middle Ages.) Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894Age of the PopesAge of Women A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S…