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Gurzil Dispels the Darkness

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(Libya) Gurzil, the sun god, was worshiped among the Huwwara of Tripolitania well into the eleventh century, long after the Arab conquest. This deity was a protector, a guide, ...

Bes

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The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (2 ed.)

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...in Egyptian mythology, a grotesque god depicted as having short legs, an obese body, and an almost bestial face, who dispelled evil...

Socrates

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The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (2 ed.)

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...( 469–399 bc ), ancient Athenian philosopher . As represented in the writings of his disciple Plato, he engaged in dialogue with others in an attempt to reach understanding and ethical concepts by exposing and dispelling error (the Socratic method ). Charged with introducing strange gods and corrupting the young, Socrates was sentenced to death and died by drinking...

Loathly Lady

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The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (2 ed.)

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...Lady a traditional ballad figure, an apparently ugly woman whose beauty is restored when at last she has found a husband and the enchantment laid on her is dispelled. The story is told by the Wife of Bath in the Canterbury Tales ; the knight who has married the loathly lady has to answer the question, ‘what do women most desire?’, and his wife regains youth and beauty at the correct answer,...

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Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms (3 ed.)

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...lay rubber: see burn rubber at rubber . lay something at someone's door: see door . lay something on the table: see table . lay something on thick ( or with a trowel) grossly exaggerate or overemphasize something. informal lay something to rest soothe and dispel fear, anxiety, grief, and similar unpleasant emotions. lay something up in lavender preserve something carefully for future use. The flowers and stalks of lavender were traditionally used as a preservative for stored clothes. lay store by: see set store by at store...

Servant of the Queen, A

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Brewer's Dictionary of Irish Phrase & Fable

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...of the Queen, A . The somewhat surprising title of Maud Gonne 's autobiography ( 1938 ). Any thoughts that this fierce Republican had gone soft are dispelled in her own foreword, ‘I Saw the Queen’, in which she describes a trip to Mayo, where (in Ballina) she was hailed as a heroine. On the way back to Dublin, she looks out of the train window … Then I saw a tall, beautiful woman with dark hair blown on the wind and I knew it was Cathleen ni Houlihan [ Cathleen Ní Houlihan , a personification of Ireland]. She was crossing the bog toward the hills,...

Chalcedony

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Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable (19 ed.)

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...] A precious stone, consisting of half-transparent quartz: so called from Chalcedon, in Asia Minor, where it was first found. Its chief varieties are agate, carnelian, cat’s -eye, chrysoprase, flint, hornstone, onyx, plasma, and sard. Albertus Magnus (book i. chap. 2) says: ‘It dispels illusions and all vain imaginations. If hung about the neck as a charm, it is a defence against enemies, and keeps the body healthful and vigorous. from Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase & Fable ( 1896...

Security

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Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable (19 ed.)

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...Security blanket Something that dispels anxiety, such as an appointment diary carried on the person. The expression evolved in the 1960s from the blanket or piece of cloth held by a young child to reduce anxiety. An entirely different security blanket is an official sanction imposed on information to maintain secrecy on a particular matter. Security risk Governmental security is concerned with the prevention of leakages of confidential information, and ‘a security risk’ denotes a person of questionable loyalty, whose background and associations make...

Security blanket

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Brewer's Dictionary of Modern Phrase & Fable (2 ed.)

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...blanket . Something that dispels anxiety, such as an appointment diary carried on the person. The expression evolved in the 1960s from the blanket or piece of cloth held by a young child to reduce anxiety. An entirely different security blanket is an official sanction imposed on information to maintain secrecy on a particular...

Glyndebourne

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Brewer's Dictionary of Modern Phrase & Fable (2 ed.)

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...summer event. A new and larger auditorium opened in 1994 , but seats are still in short supply, and this, together with a suspicion that many of the black-tie audience are more interested in their alfresco interval supper in the grounds than in the music, has not helped to dispel the elitist image of opera in Britain. Nor has the helipad. For those who prefer their Puccini without a picnic, Glyndebourne Touring Opera presents productions in theatres around the country in the winter...

Break

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Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable (19 ed.)

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...To complete the greatest or hardest part of a difficult task. Break the bank, To To ruin financially, especially through a successful gambling move. ‘To break the bank at Monte Carlo’ is a more colourful version of the phrase. Break the ice, To To be the first to do something; to dispel the stiffness and reserve of a first meeting or conversation. The allusion is to the breaking of a path in the ice to enable a ship to proceed. Break the mould, To To change from one’s usual habits. In former times an artist would break the mould of a high-quality cast so that it...

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