By Stephen Weston

ISBN-10: 0548321582

ISBN-13: 9780548321584

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Bed and board Lodging and food; by extension, the essentials one works for. Originally the term meant the full connubial rights of a wife as mistress of her household. The marriage service in the York Manual (ca.  .  . ” bed of roses, a A delightful place, a very pleasant situation. The metaphor was employed by English poets from Christopher Marlowe on. Today it is often 26 BEFORE YOU CAN SAY JACK ROBINSON used in a negative sense—that is, some situation is not a bed of roses. ” bee in one’s bonnet, to have a To have a strange fixation about something; to have an eccentric idea or fantasy.

In wrestling it is also known as a body lock; in business it is an aggressive offer for a takeover. ” bear the brunt, to To put up with the worst of any hardship, violence, or other misfortune. The term dates from the early fifteenth century, when brunt signified the main force of an enemy’s assault, which was borne by the front ranks of an army aligned in the field of battle.  .  . ” bear with me Be patient, make allowances, put up with me. Today used mainly as a request to hear out a long-winded story or wait for a delayed result or event, this request appeared in John Heywood’s proverb collection of 1546.

This expression of incredulity dates at least from the 29 BELLE OF THE BALL, THE seventeenth century, and has been a cliché since the late nineteenth century. “Believe it tho’ I saw it myself, I cannot” appeared in Bartholomew Robinson’s Latin and English Adages (1621). belle of the ball, the The most beautiful or most popular person present. The word belle, for “beautiful woman,” came into English directly from French in the early seventeenth century. After balls and similar grand social occasions became relatively rare, the original meaning—the reigning beauty at a dance—was widened to include the outstanding individual (male or female) at virtually any gathering.

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