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The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable
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Elizabeth KnowlesElizabeth Knowles

the period preceding Easter which in the Christian Church is devoted to fasting, abstinence, and penitence in commemoration of Christ's fasting in the wilderness. In the Western Church it runs from Ash Wednesday to Holy Saturday, and so includes forty weekdays. The name comes from a Middle English abbreviation of ... ...

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