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Barry Jackson

(1879–1961) English director and manager. Trained as an architect, Jackson was heir to a fortune derived from one of the leading grocery firms in the Midlands. In 1907 he founded ...

Sport

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

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...b.1949 ), Northern Irish snooker player iceberg, the : Björn Borg ( b.1956 ), Swedish tennis player iron man, the : Emil Zatopek ( 1922–2000 ), Czech runner iron mike : Mike Tyson ( b.1966 ), US boxer joltin’ joe : Joe DiMaggio ( 1914–99 ), US baseball player king , the: Barry John ( b.1945 ), Welsh rugby player King Kenny : Kenny Dalglish ( b.1951 ), Scottish footballer and manager Kipper: Colin Cowdrey ( 1932–2000 ), English cricketer little mo : Maureen Connolly ( 1934–69 ), US tennis player Lord Ted : Ted Dexter ( b.1935 ), English...

King

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

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...in their field, notably Elvis Presley ( 1935–77 ), regarded by many people as the first and greatest ever rock’n’roll star. Other recipients of the nickname include the US film actor Clark Gable ( see king of hollywood below ) and the Welsh rugby union international Barry John ( b.1945 ). King and the Miller of Mansfield, The This old ballad, given in percy’s reliques ( 1765 ), tells how Henry II , having lost his way, met a miller, who took him home to his cottage. Next morning the courtiers traced the king and the miller discovered the rank...

Spanish Lady, The

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

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...Lady, The . Another name for Spanish flu , and also the title of an opera by Edward Elgar ( 1857–1934 ), unfinished at the time of his death. The libretto by Barry Jackson was based on Ben Jonson 's play The Devil is an Ass ( 1616...

Sporting nicknames

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

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...and commentator Jimmy Hill ( b.1928 ), so called for his very prominent lower jaw Chopper: the hard-tackling Chelsea footballer Ron Harris ( b.1944 ), a much-feared member of the successful Chelsea sides of the 1960s and 1970s Clones Cyclone: the fast-punching Irish boxer Barry McGuigan ( b.1961 ), born in Clones, Co. Monaghan, in the Republic of Ireland Crafty Cockney: Eric Bristow ( b.1957 ), a London-born darts player who was the most skilful and successful exponent of the sport during its high noon of popularity in the 1980s Croucher , The Deadly...

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