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point-blank – de but en blanc

point-blank – de but en blanc

  Gunner’s quadrant Quadrant consisting of two arms of unequal length joined at a right angle and fitted with a graduated arc. At the vertex of the right angle is suspended a plumb bob that shows the degrees on the graduated arc. It was typically used to measure the elevation of artillery pieces, by inserting […]

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a baker’s dozen

a baker’s dozen

    A baker’s dozen is a group of thirteen.   One of the first attestations of the expression is in John Florio’s Dictionarie of the Italian and English Tongues (1611): Serqua. A dozen, namely of eggs, or as we say a baker’s dozen, that is thirteen to the dozen. Serqua d’uuóua, the word is only used in […]

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Tom, Gib & Tib

Tom, Gib & Tib

      TOM   Thomas is derived via Greek from the Aramaic name תָּאוֹמָא (Ta’oma’) which meant twin.  Tom, a familiar shortening of Thomas, has often been used as a generic name for any male representative of the ‘common’ people. For example, Tom and Tib was used like Jack and Jill to mean lad […]

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curfew

curfew

    Nowadays, a curfew is a regulation requiring people to remain indoors between specified hours, typically at night – for example: a dusk-to-dawn curfew. The word is from Old French and Anglo-Norman forms such as cuevre-feu and covrefeu, hence the Modern French word couvre-feu (plural couvre-feux), composed of: – couvre, imperative of the verb […]

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tennis

tennis

  Jeu de paume – France – 17th century     Paulme: feminine. The paulme of the hand; also, a ball; (and hence) also, Tennis (play;) also, the Palme tree. from A Dictionarie of the French and English Tongues (1611), by Randle Cotgrave     Fourthly, the inside of the Uvea is black’d like the walls […]

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