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V-sign

The quintessential British offensive gesture for most of the 20th century, formed by holding up a hand with the middle and index finger upright in a V shape, the thumb and other two ...

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A Dictionary of English Folklore

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2003

...to becoming entrenched in the popular mind and becoming folklore in itself. It is possible that the V-sign developed from the much older horns symbol, used to imply someone is a cuckold since at least the 16th century, although this gesture was traditionally made with little finger and index finger, and did not have the aggressive force of the V-sign. The American gesture, formed by holding up the middle finger alone, which was roughly equivalent to the V-sign, has been introduced to British culture by American films and other media, since about the 1960s,...

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

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2011

...-sign . A sign of the letter V made with the first two fingers pointing up and the back of the hand facing outwards. It is a crude gesture of abuse or contempt, and is not to be confused with the peace sign, which is made with the palm of the hand facing outwards ( see V for Victory ). The sign is sometimes said on somewhat dubious evidence to have originated in medieval battles between the English and the French, when English archers captured by the French would have their second and third fingers removed to ensure they would not draw the bow again. In...

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New Oxford Rhyming Dictionary (2 ed.)

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Oxford Dictionary of English (3 ed.)

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2015
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English Dictionaries and Thesauri
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108 words
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Pocket Oxford Italian Dictionary: English-Italian (4 ed.)

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2012
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Bilingual dictionaries
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13 words
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Pocket Oxford-Hachette French Dictionary: English-French (4 ed.)

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Bilingual Dictionary
Current Version:
2012
Subject:
Bilingual dictionaries
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18 words
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New Oxford American Dictionary (3 ed.)

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English Dictionary
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2015
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English Dictionaries and Thesauri
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Australian Oxford Dictionary (2 ed.)

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English Dictionary
Current Version:
2004
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English Dictionaries and Thesauri
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54 words
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The Canadian Oxford Dictionary (2 ed.)

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English Dictionary
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
53 words
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The New Zealand Oxford Dictionary

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English Dictionary
Current Version:
2005
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English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
54 words
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The quintessential British offensive gesture for most of the 20th century, formed by holding up a hand with the middle and index finger upright in a V shape, the thumb and other two fingers curled ...
Lamentations

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P. M. Joyce and P. M. Joyce

The Oxford Bible Commentary

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2022
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...: 250 ). ‘It is good for one to bear the yoke in youth’ ( v. 27 ): ‘one’ here translates geber (man), as in v. 1 , to which there may well be an allusion. The ‘yoke’ refers to suffering; ‘to put one's mouth to the dust’ ( v. 29 ) was a sign of submission. ‘Although he causes grief, he will have compassion according to the abundance of his steadfast love’ ( v. 32 ): as in v. 22 , the important Hebrew word ḥesed , ‘steadfast love’, is used. ‘For he does not willingly afflict or grieve anyone’ ( v. 33 ): ‘willingly’ here is literally ‘from his heart’. NRSV...

Tobit

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Joseph A. Fitzmyer, SJ and Joseph A. Fitzmyer, SJ

The Oxford Bible Commentary

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2022
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Religion
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7,111 words
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...23:29–35; Sir 31:25–31 . v. 17 , ‘bread on the grave of the righteous’, the meaning of this counsel is disputed. It seems to recommend what is otherwise prohibited: the pagan practice of putting food on graves ( Deut 26:14 c ; cf. Sir 30:18 ). Yet it may be an echo of Wisdom of Aḥiqar , Syriac A 2.10 ( APOT ii. 730): ‘My son, pour out your wine on the graves of the righteous rather than drink it with evil people.’ Hence it is sometimes understood to refer to meals brought to mourners (the ‘cup of consolation’, Jer 16:7 ) as a sign of sharing in their grief...

Proverbs

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K. T. Aitken and K. T Aitken

The Oxford Bible Commentary

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2022
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...of the ‘coals of fire’ in v. 22 is unclear. It may reflect an Egyptian ritual practice in which a brazier of burning charcoal was held on the head as a sign of shame and remorse. In any event the point of the saying is probably that by meeting hostility with kindness ( v. 21 ) the enemy will have a change of heart and be reconciled ( cf. 16:7 ) and not that it will heap punishment upon them. Cf. Amen-em-ope : ‘Fill his belly with bread of yours, so that he shall be satisfied and ashamed’ ( cf. Rom 12:20–1 ). v. 25 reflects on the refreshment and...

Acts

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Loveday Alexander and Loveday Alexander

The Oxford Bible Commentary

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2022
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...( v. 21 ). ‘Boldness’ ( parrhēsia v. 13 ) is not physical courage so much as ‘frankness’ or ‘freedom of speech’, a philosophical virtue particularly admired by the Greeks. The apostles' refusal to be silenced ( v. 19 ) is a classic statement of philosophical parrhēsia . Finally, the Council's perspective is characterized by ‘wonder’ ( v. 13 ): the supernatural is never very far away in this narrative, and Luke makes it clear that the fact of the beggar's healing ( v. 14 ) is impossible to gainsay, even for hostile observers ( v. 22 ). Thus the ‘signs’...

1 Maccabees

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U. Rappaport and U. Rappaport

The Oxford Bible Commentary

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2022
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Religion
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27,583 words
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Oxford University Press

...and Thummim. But at this time there were neither signs nor a prophet ( cf. Ps 74:9 ). v. 49 , these are acts which should have been performed in the temple had it not been desecrated, and may be understood as a performance in place of the usual ceremonies, in an attempt to convince the deity to respond to believers who manifest their inability to perform their religious duties properly. v. 54 , ‘trumpets’ ( hăṣôṣĕrôt ), were used in warfare ( see Num 10:9–10 and the War Scroll (1QM ii. 15–iii 11). v. 55 , that there would be organization of the rebel...

1 Writing Systems

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Andrew Robinson

The Oxford Companion to the Book

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2010
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History, Social sciences
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6,162 words
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Oxford University Press
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...and Americans of ordinary *literacy must recognize and write around 52 alphabetic signs (26 capital letters and their lower-case equivalents), and sundry other signs, such as numerals, punctuation marks, and ‘whole-word’ semantic signs, for example +, =, &, %, £, $, which are generally called logograms or *analphabetics . Japanese readers, by contrast, are supposed to know and be able to write some 2,000 signs, and, if they are highly educated, must recognize 5,000 signs or more. The two situations, in Europe/America and in Japan, appear to be poles apart....

John

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René Kieffer and René Kieffer

The Oxford Bible Commentary

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2022
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Religion
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52,850 words
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Oxford University Press

...the point is not to achieve many things but to let God do his unique work through a living faith in the Son he has sent. vv. 30–1 , even if Jesus has already given a sign by feeding the crowds, they want a further sign from heaven, as requested in Mk 8:11–13 . They express their solidarity with the Patriarchs, and especially with Moses and his signs ( cf. Ex 16:4–5 ). vv. 32–3 , in v. 31 the people had quoted Ps 78:24 (combined with Ex 16:4, 15 ): ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’ In a typically rabbinic way Jesus underlines that ‘he’ alludes to...

Malachi

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J. Rogerson and J. Rogerson

The Oxford Bible Commentary

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2022
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Religion
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2,561 words
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Oxford University Press

...and not evil is paramount. The second-person dialogue between God and the people is broken at 3:16–17 by a prose passage in the third person. While switches from second to third person and back are not necessarily signs that verses have been interpolated, the logic of the passage becomes clear if it is assumed that v. 18 originally followed v. 15 . The God-fearers are assured that they will see a difference between themselves and the wicked. The occasion will be the coming day of the Lord ( 4:1 ) that will destroy the evildoers and bring healing and life...

Ruth

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Grace I. Emmerson and Grace I. Emmerson

The Oxford Bible Commentary

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2022
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Religion
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4,704 words
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Oxford University Press

...widow, accompanied by spitting in the reluctant brother-in-law's face, was a potent sign of his disgrace; here the bestowal of the sandal by its wearer is the solemn confirmation of a transaction. The amount of space proportionate to the whole narrative which is devoted to this legal transaction emphasizes its importance in the story. The agreement concerning both the property and the marriage is ratified by a properly constituted group of elders ( v. 2 ) and by the people ( v. 11 ). Ruth's relations with Boaz which began furtively and unconventionally are...

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