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Brewer's: River of Paradise

St. Bernard, Abbot of Clairvaux, “the Last of the Fathers,” was so called. (1091-1153.) Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894River Flowing from the Oce…

Brewer's: Rivers

Miles in length. 2,578, the Nile, the longest river in Africa. 2,762, the Volga, the longest river in Europe. 3,314, the Yang-tze-Kiang, the longest river in Asia. 3,716, the Mississippi, t…

Brewer's: Roach

Sound as a roach (French, Sain comme une roche). Sound as a rock. Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894RoadRivers A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q…

Brewer's: Road-agent

A highwayman in the mountain districts of North America. “Road-agent is the name applied in the mountains to a rufflan who has given up honest work in the store, in the mine, in the r…

Brewer's: Road

Gentlemen of the road or Knights of the road. Highwaymen. In the latter a double pun is implied. A first-class highwayman, like Robin Hood, is a “Colossus of Roads.” King of Ro…

Brewer's: Roads

All roads lead to Rome. All efforts of thought converge in a common centre. Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894RoanRoad-agent A B C D E F G H I J K L …

Brewer's: Roan

A reddish-brown. This is the Greek eruthron or eruthraeon; whence the Latin rufum. (The Welsh have rhudd; German, roth; Anglo-Saxon, rud; our ruddy.) Roan Barbary The famous charger of …

Brewer's: Roarer

A broken-winded horse is so called from the noise it makes in breathing. Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894Roaring BoysRoan A B C D E F G H I J K L …

Brewer's: Roaring Boys

or Roarers. The riotous blades of Ben Jonson's time, whose delight it was to annoy quiet folk. At one time their pranks in London were carried to an alarming extent. And bid them think on J…

Brewer's: Roaring Forties

(The). What seamen understand by this term is a zone of strong winds about lat. 40S., where a strong wind prevails throughout the year, from W.N.W. to E.S.E. There is a similar zone in the …