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Palm

An itching palm. A hand ready to receive bribes. The old superstition is that if your palm itches you are going to receive money. Let me tell you, Cassius, you yourself Are much condemned t…

Wilde

Director:Brian GilbertWriter:Julian MitchellDirector of Photography:Martin FuhrerEditor:Michael BradsellMusic:Debbie WisemanProduction Designer:Maria DjurkovicProducers:Marc Samuelson and Pete…

Wilde

A John or Johnny Wilde is one who wears himself to skin and bone to add house to house and barn to barn. The tale is that John Wilde, of Rodenkerchen, i…

Wild

(Jonathan), the detective, born at Wolverhampton, in Staffordshire. He brought to the gallows thirty-five highwaymen, twenty-two housebreakers, and ten …

Palm Oil

Bribes, or rather money for bribes, fees, etc. “In Ireland the machinery of a political movement will not work unless there is plenty of palm-oil to prevent friction.” —Ir…

Palm Off

(To) wares, tricks, etc., upon the unwary. The allusion is to jugglers, who conceal in the palm of their hand what they pretend to dispose of in some other way. These jugglers were sometime…

Palm Tree

is said to grow faster for being weighed down. Hence it is the symbol of resolution overcoming calamity. It is believed by Orientals to have sprung from the residue of the clay of which Ada…

Itching Palm

(An). A love of money. If the palm of your right hand itches, it betokens that you are going to receive money. So Melton tells us in his Astrologaster, p. 23. Let me tell you, Cassius, you …

Oil of Palms

Money. Huile is French slang for “money,” as will appear from the following quotation: “Il faudra que vostre bourse fasse les frais de vostre curiosité; il fant de la…

Wild Wild West

Director: Barry SonnenfeldWriter: S.S. Wilson, Brent Maddock, Jeffrey Price, and Peter S. SeamanWarner Bros; PG; 107 minutesRelease: 7/99Cast: Will Smith, Kevin Kline, Kenneth Branagh, Salma H…