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Brewer's: Ground

(Anglo-Saxon, grund.) It would suit me down to the ground. Wholly and entirely. To break ground. To be the first to commence a project, etc.; to take the first step in an undertaking. To g…

Brewer's: Spy

Vidocq the spy in the French Revolution, was a short man, vivacious, vain, and talkative. He spoke of his feats with real enthusiasm and gusto. Spy (of Vanity Fair). Leslie Ward, succes…

Net Neutrality Explained

The history and controversy surrounding net neutrality Related Links Internet Timeline The History of the Internet Internet Statistics Social media sites and news com…

Brewer's: Ground Arms

(To). To pile or stack military arms, such as guns, on the ground (in drill). Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894GroundlingsGround A B C D E F G H I J …

Brewer's: Down to the Ground

That suits me down to the ground. Entirely. Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894Down-heartedDown on his Luck A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R …

Brewer's: Break Ground

(To). To commence a new project. As a settler does. Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894Break InBreak Faith A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R …

Brewer's: Spy Wednesday

The Wednesday before Good Friday, when Judas bargained to become the spy of the Jewish Sanhedrim. (Matt. xxvi. 3-5, 14-16.) Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894S…

Brewer's: Turkish Spy

was written by John Paul Marana, an Italian, who had been imprisoned for conspiracy. After his release he retired to Monaco, where he wrote the History of the Plot. Subsequently he removed …

Brewer's: Measure One's Length on the Ground

(To). To fall flat on the ground; to be knocked down. “If you will measure your lubber's length, tarry.” —Shakespeare: King Lear, i. 4. Source: Dictionary of Phrase and …

Brewer's: Tom Tidler's Ground

The ground or tenement of a sluggard. The expression occurs in Dicken's Christmas story, 1861. Tidler is a contraction of “the idler” or t'idler. The game so called consists in …