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This US group was formed in Los Angeles, California, in 1978 by Steve Allen (guitar, vocals) and Ron Flynt (bass, vocals), two expatriate musicians from Tulsa, Oklahoma. Drummer Mike Gallo ...

Fathers of the 20th century

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

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...of the 20th century . The title ‘Father of’ has long been traditionally applied to a leader, inventor or pioneer of some kind, such as Hippocrates ( 460–377 bc ), the Father of Medicine, or George Washington ( 1732–99 ), the Father of America. The following are some modern ‘Fathers’ in various fields (in order of subject Father of American Music: Charles Ives ( 1874–1954 ), US composer Father of Australia: Sir Edmund Barton ( 1849–1920 ), the first Australian prime minister ( 1901–3 ) Father of Country Music: Jimmie Rodgers ( 1897–1933 ), US...

Dragged kicking and screaming into the 20th century

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

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...kicking and screaming into the 20th century . A phrase applied to any person or institution that is reluctant to modernize or resistant to progress. In current usage ‘21st century’ is often used instead. [Listening to ragtime] he felt literally dragged out of the nineteenth into the 20th century. j.b. priestley : in London Opinion , 1913 A change, slight but unmistakable, has taken place; the English theatre has been dragged, as Adlai Stevenson once said of the Republican Party, kicking and screaming into the 20th century. kenneth tynan : Curtains ...

Advertising slogans of the 20th and 21st centuries

Advertising slogans of the 20th and 21st centuries   Reference library

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

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...slogans of the 20th and 21st centuries . The ever-pervasive media of the 20th and 21st centuries has etched several advertising slogans on the collective consciousness, even when no actual interest is individually shown in the particular product. The most powerful have undoubtedly been those shown in television commercials, although the printed advertisements of the first half of the 20th century also generated many memorable phrases. Rhymes, puns and wordplay are often evident. The following is a selection of some of the best known, with the name of...

Nivôse

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

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...(Latin nivosus , ‘snowy’) The fourth month of the french revolutionary calendar , corresponding to the period from 22 December to 20...

Carolus

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

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...A gold coin of the reign of Charles I . It was at first worth 20 shillings, later 23...

Mecklenburg Declaration

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

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...Declaration The first declaration of independence in the USA, made at Mecklenburg, North Carolina, on 20 May 1775...

Prinny

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

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...The nickname bestowed during his regency ( 1811–20 ) on George, Prince of Wales, later George IV , and son of George III . See also prince regent...

Ventôse

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

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...(French, from Latin ventosus , ‘full of wind’) The sixth month of the french revolutionary calendar , corresponding to the period from 20 February to 21...

Wiggle on, To get a

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

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...on, To get a To get a move on; to hurry up; to look lively . A colloquial expression of US military origin dating from the turn of the 20th...

Consenting stars

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

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...stars Stars forming configurations for good or evil. Judges 5:20 tells how ‘the stars in their courses fought against Sisera’, i.e. formed unlucky or malignant...

Discombobulate

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

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...To discomfit or perplex. The verb was an early 20th-century US nonsense-coinage, perhaps based on ‘discomfit’ or ‘discompose’, which unlike the synonymous ‘discombobberate’ has survived in the...

Founding Fathers

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

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...Fathers The collective name given to the members of the convention that drew up the US constitution in 1787 . It dates from the early years of the 20th...

Homburg

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

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...A soft felt hat popularized in the 20th century by Edward VII ( r.1901–10 ). It was originally made at Homburg in Prussia where the king ‘took the...

Humdinger

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

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...Someone or something exceptionally good or remarkable of their type. A fanciful coinage that originated in the USA at the beginning of the 20th...

Jacobus

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

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...The unofficial name of a hammered gold coin struck in the reign of James I (Latin Jacobus ), originally worth 20 shillings. It was properly called a unite...

Parkhurst

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

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...One of the better-known prisons in Britain, on the Isle of Wight. It opened in 1838 , and although traditionally regarded as one of the most secure, experienced embarrassing escapes in the late 20th...

Randlord

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

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...A name given in the early 20th century to the wealthy tycoons who owned the gold mines in the Witwatersrand (commonly referred to as simply ‘the Rand’), a district near Johannesburg, South...

Wicca

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

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...The religious cult of modern witchcraft. It was founded in Britain in the mid-20th century and claims to originate from pre-Christian pagan religions. The word is Old English for ‘witch’, meaning originally a man (not a woman) who practises...

Yowie

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

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...A monster resembling an ape, sightings of which were reported in eastern Australia in the last quarter of the 20th century. The word itself means ‘dream spirit’ in the Yuwaalaraay language of New South...

Bling

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

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...A slang term, emerging at the end of the 20th century, for ostentatious and (relatively) cheap jewellery or similarly flashy personal adornment. It may have been inspired by the clinking noise of such jewellery, or by its...

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