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Brewer's: Sty

or Stye. Christ styed up to heaven. Halliwell gives sty = a ladder, and the verb would be to go to heaven, as it were, by Jacob's ladder. The Anglo-Saxon verb stigan means to ascend. The…

Brewer's: Stupid Boy

St. Thomas Aquinas, nicknamed the Dumb Ox by his school-fellows. (1224-1274.) Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894StyStumped Out A B C D E F G H I J K…

Brewer's: Stirrup

(A). A rope to climb by. (Anglo-Saxon,. sti'g-ra'p, a climbing rope. The verb sti'g-an is to climb, to mount.) Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894Stirrup…

Brewer's: Stygian

(3 syl.). Infernal; pertaining to Styx, the fabled river of hell. At that so sudden blaze the Stygian throng Bent their aspect. Milton: Paradise Lost, x. 453. Source: Dictionary of…

Brewer's: Davy's Sow

Drunk as Davy's sow. Grose says: One David Lloyd, a Welshman, who kept an ale-house at Hereford, had a sow with six legs, which was an object of great curiosity. One day David's wife,…

Percy Bysshe Shelley: Oedipus Tyrannus Act 1

by Percy Bysshe Shelley Advertisement Act 2. Act 1 Scene 1.1 A magnificent temple, built of thigh-bones and death's-heads, and tiled with scalps. Over the altar the statue of famine, veiled…

The Devil's Dictionary: Humorist

by Ambrose Bierce HUMANITYHURRICANEHUMORIST -n. A plague that would have softened down the hoar austerity of Pharaoh's heart and persuaded him to dismiss Israel with his best wishes, cat-…

John Keats: Addressed to Haydon

by JohnKeatsOn leaving some Friends at an early HourAddressed to the Same.Addressed to Haydon Highmindedness, a jealousy for good, A loving-kindness for the great man's fame, Dwells…