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unlucky, Right lucky. The augur among the Romans having taken his stand on the Capitoline Hill, and marked out with his wand the space of the heavens to be the field of observation, divided…

Dark Days

Dark DaysBeth did have the fever, and was much sicker than anyone but Hannah and the doctor suspected. The girls knew nothing about illness, and Mr. Laurence was not allowed to see her, so Ha…

Left-Handed Presidents

The Question: I know President Clinton was left-handed, but what other presidents were left-handed? The Answer: Believe it or not, President Bill Clinton was this country's third cons…

Left-handed Marriage

A morganatic marriage (q.v.). In these marriages the husband gives his left hand to the bride, instead of the right, when he says, “I take thee for my wedded wife.” George Willi…

Left-handed Compliment

(A). A compliment which insinuates a reproach. (See below.) Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894Left-handed MarriageLeft A B C D E F G H I J K L M N…

Left-handed Oath

(A). An oath not intended to be binding. (See above.) Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894Left in the LurchLeft-handed Marriage A B C D E F G H I J K L…

Hand

A measure of length = four inches. Horses are measured up the fore leg to the shoulder, and are called 14, 15, 16 (as it may be), hands high. i. Hand (A). A symbol of fortitude in Egypt, of…

Left in the Lurch

Left to face a great perplexity. In cribbage a lurch is when a player has scored only thirty holes, while his opponent has made sixty-one, and thus won a double. Source: Dictionary of Phr…

Dark

To keep dark. To lie perdu; to lurk in concealment. (Ang. Sax. deorc.) “We'd get away to some of the far-out stations ... where we could keep in the dark.” —Boldrewood: R…

Walt Whitman: A Hand-Mirror

A Hand-MirrorHold it up sternly—see this it sends back, (who is it? is it you?) Outside fair costume, within ashes and filth, No more a flashing eye, no more a sonorous voice or springy step, …