It is now most commonly, though not always, used in connection with someone making their homosexuality public. O On cloud nine refers to a ten-part classification of clouds in which nine was second highest. A dated variant of the expression is on cloud seven. Therefore, a cloven hoof is a giveaway sign of the Devil.
O This phrase is of biblical origin: 'if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head' Romans O The coast is clear originally meant that there were no enemies guarding a sea coast who would prevent an attempt to land or embark.
O A n early example of this idiom is found in this statement by the Irish lawyer Stephen Rice : 'I will drive a coach and six horses through the Act of Settlement'. Early versions of the phrase also referto a space big enough to turn a coach and six or four i. O Coal from Newcastle-upon-Tyne in northern England was famously abundant in j previous centuries, and carry coals to Newcastle has been an expression for an unnecessary activity since the mid 17th century. O The expression 'talk of a cock and a bull' is j recorded from the early 17th century, and apparently refers to an original story or fable j which is now lost.
O The image here is of a dog raising its ears j i to an erect position. O A cocked hat is a hat with the brim permanently turned up, especially a style of three-cornered hat worn from the late 18th century to the early 19th century. British rhyming slang Melvin Burgess Junk He said, 'Someone'll really buy it and it'll be theirs then. The word quoin meaning 'an external angle of a building'still exists in English, butthe archaic spelling coign survives mainly in this phrase. O Shuffle off this mortal coil is a quotation j from Shakespeare's Hamlet.
This mortal coil is j sometimes used independently to mean 'the j fact or state of being alive', with the suggestion that this is a troublesome state, since coil retains here its archaic sense of 'turmoil'. O This expression, together with the previous idiom, reflects a traditional view that charity is often given in a perfunctory or i uncaring way.
The words cold as the opposite of 'encouraging' and comfort have j been associated since the early 14th century, i but perhaps the phrase is most memorably linked for modern readers with the title of Stella Gibbons's parody of sentimental novels of rural life, Cold Comfort Farm. US informa! O According to medieval physiology blood j character or intentions, especially when! O The distinguishing ensign orflag of a ship j or regiment was known as its colours, and the j word is used in this sense in these four idioms, j A ship on illegal business or in time of war may fly a bogus flag in order to deceive and would therefore be sailing under false colours.
Don't come the innocent with me. O This phrase is also used literally to mean 'going in a direction that will lead to a violent crash with another moving object or person'. Rusbridger The Intelligence Game Nothing should be done that would lend colour to any suggestion that it [the Security Service] is concerned with the interests of any particular section of the community. Or your wife, come to that. Q retaliate or respond in kind.
Whitmore The Last Maori War in New Zealand Te Kooti's prestige enormously increased by an apparent unwillingness to try conclusions with him, even with an immensely superior force and in the open plains. O Common or garden was originally used to describe a plant in its most familiar domesticated form, e.
O The image here is of magically i summoning a spirit to do your bidding by ; invoking a powerful name or using a spell. He acknowledged as his source for the idea a passage in Tacitus describing a procession of images at a funeral: the fact that those of Cassius and Brutus were absent attracted a great deal of attention.
Q a competition, comparison, or choice of which the outcome is a foregone conclusion. O This expression is mainly found in the USA, and is perhaps influenced by the plea of i nolo contendere I do not wish to contend in j US law, meaning that the defendant in a criminal prosecution accepts conviction but I does not admit guilt. O Cooee originated as an Aboriginal word used as a shout to attract attention, and was adopted by European settlers in Australia.
The literal meaning of the phrase within cooee of is 'within hailing distance of. North American informal I O Another version of this phrase is cook i with gas. O The underlying idea of this phrase seems! US informal I j i i! O Coon in these idioms is an informal abbreviation of raccoon.
Raccoons were hunted fortheirfur, and a gone coon was one i that had been cornered so that it could not escape. North American it's a fair cop an admission that the speaker has been caught doing wrong and deserves punishment. British informal i O Cop is used here in the sense of 'an i acquisition'. Trainers and assistants are in a boxer's corner to offer support and encouragement between rounds.
Snow's novel The Corridors of Power Although most usual with power, the phrase can be more specifically applied to the most influential levelsof the hierarchy within a particular place or organization, especially when they are regarded as operating covertly. The French word coulisse meaning 'the wings in a theatre' and 'corridor' has a similar figurative sense of the corridor as a place of negotiation and behind-the-scenes scheming.
O Couch potato was a humorous American coinage using the image of a person with the physical shape of a potato slouching on a sofa or couch. Originally, the phrase relied on a pun with tuber in the slang term boob tuber, which referred to someone devoted to watching the boob tube or television. O A North American variant of the phrase is down for the count. In boxing, the count is the ten-second period, counted out loud by the referee, during which a boxer who has been knocked to the ground may regain his feet: if he fails to do so he must concede victory to his opponent.
A boxer who managestorisewithinthecountoften issaid to'beat the count'. I O Countenance here has the sense of 'confidence of demeanour or calmness of j expression'. Hall in Home Owner Manual Twice is thatriverfishwill be pinched and flogged yearly desludging has been recommended but 'under the counter'. British line of country a subject about which a person is skilled or knowledgeable. British unknown country an unfamiliar place or topic.
O This expression, which dates from the mid 18th century, is thought by some to stem from the extreme unpopularity of soldiers stationed in Coventry, who were cut off socially by the citizens. Another suggestion is that the phrase arose because Royalist prisoners were sent to Coventry during the English Civil War, the city being staunchly Parliamentarian. North American informal crack a bottle open a bottle, especially of wine, and drink it.
British informal the crack of dawn very early in the morning. British informal T. Albert Tales of the Ulster Detective You might think that the police concocted the circumstances to deny these men a fair crack of the whip. Nice bit of crackling, she is. North American informal Hispanic But if you use Spanish, be careful not to crash and burn O Literally, this phrase means'stick in your throat'.
A craw is the crop of a bird or insect; the transferred sense of the word to refer to a person's gullet, originally humorous, is now almost entirely confined to this expression. Compare with stick in your gizzard. O This sentiment was earlier expressed in the form honour where honour is due, following the Authorized Version of the Bible:'Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour' Romans O Often shortened to be up the creek, this expression is recorded in the mid 20th century i as military slang for 'lost' for example, while!
It gives me the creeps. British informal j : I :. O The game of cricket, with its traditional regard for courtesy and fair play, has been a I metaphor for these qualities since at least the j mid 19th century. Y'r old man'd go crook, I bet. O Sense 1 appears to have originated in mid! British informal j O This expression is a play on the two senses i j of cross, firstly 'bad-tempered' and secondly j ; 'intersecting'.
O The gesture of putting your index and middle fingers across each other as a sign of j hoping for good luck is a scaled-down version i of the Christian one of making the sign of the j Cross with your whole hand and arm as a request for divine protection. It is also superstitiously employed when telling a deliberate lie, with the idea of warding off the evil that might be expected to befall a liar. O The floor of the House of Commons is the open space separating members of the Government and Opposition parties, who sit j on benches facing each other across it.
The image is also used metaphorically in the New Testament for example, in Matthew 'And he that taketh not his cross and followeth after me is j not worthy of me'. O Wires being crossed originally referred to j a faulty telephone connection 'a crossed line' , which resulted in another call or calls being heard. O The literal sense of the phrase, in a military context, is 'be trapped and possibly j killed by being between two opposing sides j who are shooting at each other'.
O Crossing someone's palm with silver was j originally connected with the telling of fortunes, when the client would literally trace j out the sign of a cross on the hand of the fortune-teller with a silver coin. O This expression stems from the practice of! If a vendor were to cry'stinking fish', he could not expect to attract many. O The female cuckoo often lays its eggs in other birds'nests.
Once hatched, the cuckoo i fledgling pushes the other birds' fledglings out of the nest. O Cue in both of these idioms is used in the j theatrical sense of 'the word or words that signal when another actor should speak or perform a particular action'. Parts of it are excellent! Australian informal make someone's hair curl shock or horrify. British and they don't let you buy groceries on the cuff. Either could be intended in the passage in the Apocrypha regarding the strength of wine: 'And when they are in their cups, they forget j their love both to friends and brethren, and a j little after draw out swords' 1 Esdras O This is an early 20th-century expression based on the idea that curly hair has vitality as in 'bouncy curls'.
Therefore, hair which has become limp or out of curl may be thoughtto indicate listlessness or enervation, j. British i O Pass current originally referred to the! O Curry here means 'groom a horse or other animal' with a coarse brush or comb. The phrase is an early 16th-century alteration of the Middle English curry favel, Favel or Fauvel being the name of a chestnut horse in an early 14th-century French romance who epitomized cunning and duplicity. From this. It is unclear whether the bad reputation of chestnut horses existed before the French romance, but the idea is also found in 15thcentury German in the phrase den fahlen hengst reiten ride the chestnut horse meaning'behave deceitfully'.
I at the front of the stage in a theatre at the i end of a performance. O A distinction was originally made i between the cut and dried herbs sold in i herbalists' shops and growing herbs. US cut it meet the required standard, informal Spectator Heaven knows how such people get jobs in universities; they would not cut it on Fifteen-to-One.
O The knot referred to is that with which Gordius, king of ancient Phrygia in Asia Minor , fastened the yoke of his wagon to the pole. Its complexity was such that it gave rise to the legend that whoever could undo it would become the ruler of Asia. When Alexanderthe Great passed that way en route to conquer the East he is said simply to have severed the knot with his sword.
O This was originally a nautical expression suggested by the prominence and characteristic form of the jib a triangular sail set forward of the foremast as the identifying characteristic of a ship. North American informal Sky Magazine The wide-open spaces around the bar O The form cut your eye teeth is also found, j dependent. North sufficiently behind me in what I'm trying to American informal do, I'm going to cut loosefromthem. She never cuts her losses.
She always thinks things could change. O In this idiom, cut is being used in the cinematographicsense'movetoanothershot j in a film'. Chase scenes are a particularly exciting feature of some films, and the idiom j expresses the idea of ignoring any preliminaries and coming immediately to the j most important part. O Cut up is here being used in the sense of j 'behave'. The phrase cut up rough is used by j Dickens and the variant cut up savage now no longer in use by Thackeray. MacGregor remembered O Mustard appears in early 20th-century US j j slang with the general meaning of 'the best j i of anything'.
O The image here is of the drawing of daggers as the final stage in a confrontation before actual fighting breaks out. Although recorded in , the expression only became commonfromtheearly19thcenturyonwards. O The expression speak daggers is also found and is used by Shakespeare's Hamlet in the scene in which he reproaches his mother.
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The freshness of daisies has been a literary commonplace since at least the late 14th century, when it was used by Chaucer. Other idioms include under the daisies and turn. O This expression comes from the poet Alexander Pope's'Epistle to Dr Arbuthnot' :'Damn with faint praise, assent with civil leer, And without sneering, teach the rest to sneer'.
That did not stop them all running it on the front page. You're damned if you do and damned if you don't. O The superlative form of the adjective damned is used here as a noun and can mean i either'yourworst'or moreusuallynow 'your i best', depending on the context. O Phintias the more correct form of the name was condemned to death for plotting ; against Dionysius I of Syracuse.
To enable Phintias to go to arrange his affairs, Damon offered to take his friend's place in Dionysius' j prison and to be executed in his stead if he failed to return. Phintias returned just in time i to redeem Damon, and Dionysius was so impressed by their friendship that he pardoned and released Phintias as well. O The sense of dander in this originally US expression is uncertain, as neither dandruff nor dunder meaning 'the ferment of molasses' seems entirely plausible.
O Damsel in distress makes humorous reference to the ladies in chivalric romances whose sole purpose was to be rescued from peril by a knight in shining armour see. O The expression originally referred to someone waiting'kicking their heels'until an j important person summoned them or would i see them. O Theexpressionwasoriginallyhorse-racing i slang.
The earliest recorded use was by Benjamin Disraeli in 'A dark horse, which had never been thought of. Australian informal. O This expression refers to the Day of Judgement, on which, according to Christian j tradition, human beings will have to answer! Sivanandan When Memory Dies He sighed inwardly, this was not his day. O Daylight or daylights has been used from j the mid 18th century as a metaphor for'eyes', j and here has the extended sense of any vital j organ of the body.
O This expression was a mid 20th-century development from beat the living daylights out of, on the premise that the effect of extreme fear is as drastic as physical violence, I. Didn't mean to hit him Meant to throw close to him and scare the living daylights out Times And Oasis? Well, they are hardly of him. It was applied to the large flightless bird of Mauritius because the bird had no fear of man and so was easily killed, being quickly wiped out by visiting European sailors.
The dodo's fate has made it proverbial for something that is long dead and the name has been used metaphorically for an old-fashioned, stupid, or unenlightened person since the 19th century. O This phrase was originally used with reference to passages in the biblical epistles in which St Paul compares the life-giving spirit of the New Testament with what he sees ; as the dead 'letter' of the Mosaic law. Later until the late 19th century Dead-letter Office was the name given to the organization that dealt with unclaimed mail!
The expression has been used metaphorically for an obsolete or unobserved law since the mid 17th century. O A doornail was one of the large iron winter. O A dead cat might bounce if it is dropped from a great height: the fact of it bouncing does not reliably indicate that the cat is alive after all. The expression was coined in the late 20th century by Wall Street traders to refer to a situation in which a stock or company on a long-term, irrevocable downward trend suddenly shows a small temporary improvement.
O The sense of dead here and in the previous idiom developed in the 16th century j from dead time of—, meaning the period most characterized by lack of signs of life or j activity. O This expression was a development from I the phrase dead tired, as an exaggerated way I of expressing a feeling of exhaustion. Dead is j sometimes also used on its own to mean 'exhausted'. O Dating from the early 19th century, this was originally a sporting idiom, referring to the manner in which a dog such i as a setter or pointer stands stock still with its j muzzle pointing in the direction of game.
O The traditional deafness of an adder is i based on an image in Psalm 'the deaf! O Like death warmed up was originally military slang, recorded from the s. The j North American version is like death warmed I over. O Square here has the sense of 'honest', which as an adjective was associated originally with honourable play at cards.
O Be the death of is generally used as an exaggerated or humorous way of describing j the effects of laughter, embarrassment, boredom, or similar emotions. North American informal i O A deck in this phrase is a pack of playing i j cards. Somtow Jasmine Nights How stupid of me to trouble her with my petty problems when she's probably at death's door! O This expression refers to the deep end of a j swimming pool, where the diving board is located.
In the USA the phrase has also developed the meaning 'go mad', but in either sense the underlying idea is of a j sudden explosive loss of self-control. O In deep water is a biblical metaphor; see, j for example, Psalm 'let me be delivered I from them that hate me, and out of the deep j waters'. O This expression is the equivalent of the French phrase folie de grandeur, which came i into English in the late 19th century and is still j used today. Deuce as a euphemism for the devil occurs in a number of expressions, including those above.
O Device in the sense of 'inclination' or 'fancy' now only occurs in the plural, and is found only in this expression or in the phrase devices and desires, as quoted from the General Confession in the Book of Common Prayer. O The proverb he who sups with the devil should have a long spoon is used especially to j urge someone dealing with a person of this type to take care.
Tn the devil to pay serious trouble to be expected. O A translation of the Latin phrase advocatus diaboli, devil's advocate is the popular name for the official in the Roman Catholic Church who puts the case against a candidate for canonization or beatification; he is more properly known as promotor fidei 'promoter of the faith'. It gave rise to the use of dicing as a slang word among drivers for 'driving in a race', and it can be compared with dicey meaning 'dangerous', a word which originated in s air-force slang.
No dice. You can talk yourself blue in the face, but I'm not going. O This expression seems to have been used j first of criminals who died resisting to the last ; on the Tyburn gallows in London. At the battle of Albuera in , during the Peninsular War, William Inglis, commander of the British 57th Regiment of Foot, exhorted his men to'die hard'; they acted with such heroism that the regiment earned ; the nickname Die-hards.
The name was attached later in the century to various groupings in British politics who were determinedly opposed to change. The word diehard is still often used of someone who is stubbornly conservative or reactionary. O Die with your boots on was apparently first used in the late 19th century of the deaths : of cowboys and others in the American West i who were killed in gun battles or hanged.
Ganges Canal Asked whether he did not see that his country ; was lost, he is said to have responded:'There j is one way never to see it lost, and that is to die in the last ditch'. Last-ditch is often used as i an adjective meaning 'desperately resisting to the end'. I O This expression has its origins in Julius i Caesar's remark as he was about to cross ; the Rubicon, as reported by the Roman. O The image here is of a horse or other animal obstinately refusing to be led or ridden forwards.
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Dig in your heels is the commonest form, but dig in your toes and dig in your feet are also found. O This is a common biblical metaphor: for i example, in Jeremiah we find 'they j have digged a pit for my soul'. O The Latin equivalent is infra dignitatem,! US informal i O A dime is a small US coin worth ten cents j which occurs in various US expressions as a j metaphor for cheapness or smallness.
US informal U. US informal! I didn't have a great childhood but I'm not going to dine out on it. I hate whiners. O As a noun dinkum, recorded from the late j 19th century, was an English dialect word meaning'hard work, honest toil'; it now mainly features as an adjective in various Australian and New Zealand expressions. Of course I was done like a dinner. British informal Odds On Triplett has been second more times than he's had hot dinners, and there must be a question about his bottle, but he has two qualities that will stand him in good stead at the Olympic Club.
O Gall is another word for bile, the bitter secretion of the liver; it is used in many places j in the Bible as a metaphor for bitterness or affliction. O This expression is recorded from the early j 20th century and may reflect the fact that crossroads, the traditional burial site for people who had committed suicide, were once viewed as sinister places. Wodehouse The Man Upstairs A conviction began to steal over him that some game was afoot which he did not understand, that—in a word—there was dirty work at the crossroads.
British informal get your hands dirty or dirty your hands O do manual, menial, or other hard work. In the USA there is an additional baseball-related sense: 'pitch for the entire length of an inning'. Kuchar has certainly gone the distance. O This is a maxim associated with a number of rulers, and is found in Latin as divide et impera and in German as entzwei und gebiete. Since the early 17th century, English writers have often wrongly attributed it to the Italian political philosopher Niccolo Machiavelli They're ignoring the basic issues that everyone's been pointing out to them for a decade.
British i O In a court of law, the dock is the enclosure j j where the defendant stands during a trial. British informal i O Column is a military term which refers to I i the usual formation of troops for marching. Right from the go to the dogs deteriorate shockingly, start, fighting amongst ourselves for the few especially in behaviour or morals, informal decent wages left. British vulgar slang a dog's dinner or breakfast a poor piece of. O This idiom derives from the fact that attending greyhound races was once thought ; likely to expose a person to moral danger and j the risk of incurring great financial loss.
British informal in a dog's age in a very long time. O The image is of a dog's meal of jumbled- j keep a dog and bark yourself pay someone j up scraps. O This phrase is from Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, 'let slip the dogs of war'. The image is j of hunting dogs being loosed from their leashes to pursue their prey. North American informal j O Do9 w a s late 19th-century US slang for j 'style' or a 'flashy display'. O Lie doggo is of uncertain origin, but probably arose from a dog's habit of lying motionless or apparently asleep but nonetheless alert.
O This expression, sometimes found as gloom and doom, was particularly pertinent to fears about a nuclear holocaust during the cold war period of the s and s. It became a catchphrase in the film Finian's Rainbow. North American informal James Curtis The Gilt Kid If he were seen it door was dollars to doughnuts that he would be as one door closes, another opens you arrested.
O This phrase may have arisen from the out what was happening. Sure his own family haven't spoken to him for donkey's years. O In the Bible, the apostle Thomas said that j he would not believe that Christ had risen from the dead until he had seen and touched j his wounds John North American informal Peter Carey The Tax Inspector She's going down and out beaten in the struggle of life; to go through your old man like a dose of salts.
O The dot referred to is that appearing on a j j clock face to mark the hour. British informal Spectator From the year dot there has been an uneasy relationship between press and police. O A British variant of double or nothing is j double or quits. O The phrase down and out comes from boxing, and refers to a boxer who is knocked i out by a blow. Since the early 20th century the noun down-and-out has been used to describe a person without money, a job, or a i place to live.
Von Arnim The Pastor's Wife The other excursionists were all in pairs; they thought Ingeborg was too, and put her down at first as the German gentleman's wife because he did not speak to her. Somerset Maugham The Breadwinner All his savings are gone down the drain. North American i O Downgrade was originally used literally! The rubber business is shot, the cocoa is eat up with broom rot. O In Greek legend, Cadmus killed a dragon! O T n e bottom drawer was the traditional i place for storing for such articles. The US j equivalent is hope chest.
In your dreams, as they say. British informal drop your bundle become very nervous or upset; go to pieces. Australian drop a clanger make an embarrassing or foolish mistake. O Dropping something that makes a loud clang attracts attention; this mid 20th-century expression is used especially in the context of a very embarrrassing or tactless act or remark made in a social situation.
North American 1 9 8 8 James Trefil The Dark Side of the Universe Attempts to see this decay with extremely sensitive experiments have so far come up dry. O Sense 2 is represented in the fictitious small amount compared with what is j character of the antiquarian Dr Jonas needed or expected. O Have the drop on was originally a mid 19th-century US expression used literally to mean that you have the opportunity to shoot before your opponent can use their weapon. British duck and dive use your ingenuity to deal with or evade a situation. North American informal Brew Your Own You really want to have all your ducks in a row before the meeting.
O l n the mid 18th century, lame duck was used in a stock-market context, with reference to a person or company that could i not fulfil their financial obligations. Later, from the mid 19th century, it was used specifically with reference to US politicians in j the final period of office, after the election of i their successor. Day Lewis Buried Day I had taken to vice like a duck to water, but it ran off me like water from a duck's back.
The game was known by this name by the late 16th century, and it was already a metaphor for an j idle or frivolous activity in the early 17th century. North American informal Tucson Weekly]. Fife III peaked well before his run for governor O The origin of dudgeon in the sense of 'ill i humour' is unknown, and it is almost always j found in this phrase. However, other adjectives are sometimes used instead of high, for example deep or great. British informal Daily Telegraph At 19, he was married 'only because she was up the duff he explains gallantly. O Dukes or dooks are 'fists', especially when i raised in a fighting position.
The word comes j from rhyming slang Duke of Yorks, 'forks' i. It derives from the legend of the Sodom apple, or Dead Sea fruit, whose attractive appearance tempted people, but which tasted only of dust and ashes when eaten. Out the door, on the bike, and away. I'm a Dutchman used to express your disbelief or as a way of underlining an emphatic assertion.
Well, in that case I'm a Dutchman. O The source of this expression is probably a passage in George Meredith's Modern Love : 'Ah, what a dusty answer gets the soul when hot for certainties in this our life! O The phrase Dutch courage stems from a i long-standing British belief that the Dutch! O An outing or entertainment paid for in this way is a Dutch treat and sharing the cost of a meal in a restaurant is eating Dutch. Wake up, man. You in a real dwaal tonight. I O If yarn is dyed in the raw state, it produces I!
US informal, dated which threatens to overwhelm you.
I in a dyke. Depression has me by the ears. Jill's had suggestions coming out of her ears. O The idea behind this phrase is that by putting your ear against the ground you would be able to hear approaching footsteps. O The superstition that your ears tingle when you are being talked about is recorded i from the mid 16th century. Originally it was the left ear only that was supposed to do so. O This expression comes from the saying the i early bird catches the worm, meaning that the person who takes the earliest opportunity to do something will gain an advantage over others.
British informal take an early bath Obe sent off in a game of football or other sport. British informal earn your keep be worth the time, money, or. It was used around the year by Mark Twain in the alternative form rolling off a log. Compare with nice as pie and pie in the sky at PIE. British informal Independent Today' s children know a nice easy come, easy go used to indicate that little earner when they see one.
British informal informal the earth moved or did the earth move for. O Go to earth is used literally of a hunted i animal hiding in a burrow or earth. O Easy on the eye originated in the late 19th j century as a US expression describing a pretty j woman, a context in which it is still often used. Q exploit someone's weakness ruthlessly, informal eat crow be humiliated by your defeats or mistakes. O l n the USA eat dirt also has the sense of!
North American informal Fiddlehead She let everybody know she was moving on to True Love and they could eat her dust. Joan Collins eat your heart out. O This expression makes reference to the regular movement of the tides, where ebb means move away from the land and flow move back towards it.
O The phrase economy of truth was used in the 18th century by the orator Edmund Burke , while in the 19th century Mark Twain observed 'Truth is the most valuable thing we have. The present phrase became current after its use in the'Spycatcher'trial in the New South I Wales Supreme Court: Robert Armstrong, head of the British Civil Service, was reported as saying of a letter: 'It contains a misleading impression, not a lie. It was being economical with the truth. There's guys can come excited and giving your full attention to out and have a crowd eating out of their hand something, informal right away with a few jokes.
Overseas investments can add i typify something which is extremely balance to an investment portfolio. North American the elephant and represent a typical crossinformal section of the A place [in the country] where you can drop a line in the water from your back yard and tell the rest of the world to go suck eleventh an egg. O The idea behind this idiom is that a drinker can reasonably be expected to consume eight glasses of beer without becoming drunk.
The expression was originally armed forces'slang from the early j 20th century. Elysium by Latin writers as the happy land in j j which the blessed spirits live in the afterlife. North American informal complete collapse of ordered society. O An enchilada is an American Spanish ; word for a tortilla served with chilli sauce and i j a filling of meat or cheese. Myers Twenty Years of Lawn Tennis on the end of civilisation as we know it. Barrett beat him 'all ends up' in an early round.
British informal continue. You don't have to, but at the nothing more to add on the subject just end of the day, it's worth it. Footballers are picked for teams because they are resources, or energy left to cope with good at football. End of story. O A North American variant of this expression is at the end of your rope, and in both cases the image is that of a grazing animal tethered on a rope that allows it a certain range in which to move but which at i full stretch prohibits further movement.
O This expression comes from the idea of the termination of life on earth as the ultimate catastrophe, but is often used with the negative as a reassurance that a mistake i or setback is not that important. British vulgar slang. The earlier the better; it would end in tears. Let them rush into it, let them repent at leisure. At least he'd end it all in a blaze of media glory. It's a minority nations thing. If England was to win, we'd never hear the end of it.
Englishman an Englishman's home is his castle an English person's home is a place where they may do as they please and from which they may exclude anyone they choose. British proverb. O The French phrase is generally used in English, there being no exact English equivalent. Eight people are invited to spend time — as an employee, in some cases; as a holidaying guest, in others — at a small, isolated island off the Devon coast of England.
They are met by a butler and cook-housekeeper, who inform them that their host, U. This is a murder mystery without a detective: the ever-shrinking group seeks to determine which of their number is the killer. In a postscript, a fishing ship picks up a bottle inside its trawling nets; the bottle contains a written confession of the killings, which explains everything.
First published in the UK as Ten Little Niggers , after the racist nursery rhyme which serves as a major plot point; beginning in , it was published as Ten Little Indians. There have been several film and TV adaptations; the movie Murder by Death is a clever parody. This might be a controversial pick, on my part, because some Innes fans dislike it. The book is an indictment of the system of racial oppression that dehumanizes its victims and leaves them no opportunities to lead meaningful lives.
Native Son was an influential bestseller. Two drifters are drawn into a lynch mob to find and hang three men presumed to be cattle rustlers and killers. Although some members of the posse attempt to dissuade the others, the three men are captured and killed. At which point it is discovered that the men were innocent. In , the novel was adapted by William A.
Wellman as a film of the same title starring Henry Fonda. The novel was adapted for the screen in starring Dick Powell and starring Robert Mitchum. Published in the pulp magazine Unknown in , then rewritten and published as a novel in In The Roaring Trumpet , Shea and co. These screwball yarns are funny, sexy, and really interesting at the same time. Badly wounded, Jordan stays behind to ambush the enemy counter-offensive while Maria and the guerrillas flee for their lives.
The movie adaptation stars Gary Cooper and Ingrid Bergman. At the beginning of World War II, a British engineer named Graham, who carries vital classified information about the Turkish fleet, becomes the target of an assassination attempt in Istanbul. Later, traveling aboard a neutral Italian ship — his fellow passengers include a Turkish secret agent, a Spanish prostitute, and a politically incompatible French couple — Graham must match wits with a German spymaster.
Serialized —41; published as a color album in In his ninth adventure, Tintin pursues a gang of opium smugglers to Morocco. Along the way, our hero meets, for the very first time, an alcoholic sea-dog with a penchant for screwing things up: Captain Haddock! The two escape in a lifeboat. What else could you ask for in an adventure? He is recruited by Titania and Oberon, who send him on a secret mission to the totalitarian Kobold Hills… where it is rumored that swords are being forged for war against the fairies who cannot resist metal , and where an ancient enemy may have returned.
Along the way, Barber encounters dryads and sprites, nympholepts and leprechauns, ogres, and a talking whirlwind. Fun fact: First published in the October issue of the fantasy magazine Unknown Worlds. Cover art shown here by the great illustrator Boris Artzybasheff. We first meet Orm as a youth, when he is abducted by Vikings. He and his crew-mates are captured by Andalusian Muslims, and serve as galley slaves in the Mediterranean.
Later, after the reconquest of that part of England in which the laws of the Danes held sway, Orm marries Ylva and moves to Sweden. Having converted to Christianity though he never entirely loses his pragmatic Norse paganism , in addition to raising a family Orm converts heathens.
Some years later, he heads into what is now Russia in search of buried treasure. Fun facts: Published in two parts in and ; reissued not long ago by the New York Review of Books. In , on the eve of a summer hiking jaunt in Germany and Austria, Oxford professor Richard Myles and his wife, Frances, are asked by a friend in British Intelligence to obtain information about a spy network.
Although Europe is on the brink of war, the brave anti-fascist couple is eager to do their part. Trailed by Nazis wherever they go, Richard and Frances travel from one clandestine rendezvous to another, witnessing the rise of totalitarianism — and, in the end, fleeing for their lives. The couple spoke fluent German and spent their summers travelling in Europe. Song Susie.
Perenna, and her sulky daughter, Sheila; retired Major Bletchley; a young German refugee, Von Deinem; an elderly woman and her hypochondriac husband; and a devoted mother, Mrs. Sprot, with a lisping toddler, Betty? Who are the spies? And how does each one of these characters feel about the war? Did you know? A man wakes up in a hospital; overhearing a conversation, he learns that he has supposedly killed a policeman. Worse, he has lost his memory… he knows only that he must discover and prevent something terrible from happening. Knocked out, while attempting to escape the police, he remembers that he is investigating counterfeit currency being given away to crooks.
Fun fact: Campion was invented, according to Allingham, as a parody of Dorothy L. She wrote this particular novel in fragments in , between air raids. In The Guardian , recently, A. Byatt called this her favorite detective story. Starving on their Oklahoma reservation, and resenting their lack of freedom, three hundred Cheyenne Indians break out and embark upon a thousand-mile trek back to their home in the Powder River area of Wyoming. Hounded by ten thousand U.
Half their number are killed, over the course of the story — and yet, in the end, they triumph. Fast was ahead of his time in presenting the plight of Native Americans, in an objective yet sympathetic way. It turns out that the heat is caused by the approach of a meteorite on a collision course with Earth. Luckily, the experts have miscalculated. And once they find it, what weird properties will its alien metal reveal? Serialized during the German occupation of Belgium; this, and the anti-Semitic portrayal of the villainous financier Bohlwinkel, have made The Shooting Star a controversial installment in the Tintin series.
The third and final installment in the Harold Shea series, about an intrepid crew of psychonauts who travel to parallel worlds where ancient myths and legends are reality. Shea, et al. In , Charles Dexter Ward, a young man from a prominent Rhode Island family disappears from a mental asylum; his doctor, Willett, investigates.
It seems that, before he was locked up, Ward had become obsessed with an ancestor, Curwen, an 18th-century importer and alchemist. Was Curwen in reality a necromancer and murderer? Did he leave behind instructions on how he might be resurrected — and did Ward follow these instructions? What happened then? What drove Ward to behave in an anachronistic manner which led to his being declared insane , and why did his appearance itself change?
Worse, is there a conspiracy among necromancers to escape death, gain knowledge through occult means, and dominate humankind? The tenth installment in the Swallows and Amazons series is an oddity. When their schooner burns, while the Swallows and Amazons are touring the Chinese coast with Captain Flint, they are picked up by pirates. Fun fact: The ching-chong dialect of the Chinese characters, including Missee Lee, is offensive. Bertrand Corlay, an injured Breton soldier, happens to look remarkably similar to Martin Hearne, an Englishman who works for British Military Intelligence — and who speaks fluent French.
So Hearne is parachuted into occupied northern France, in the summer of , with the assignment of passing information about German troop movements back to HQ. But the girlfriend turns out to be a secret Nazi sympathizer; and Corlay, it seems, was not what he claimed to be. Betrayal and violence ensue — and we grow to appreciate the grim camaraderie that arises among an occupied people. Also, we learn quite a bit about Breton language, customs, and history. Fun fact: Serialized in The Saturday Evening Post in ; the book was required reading for Allied intelligence agents sent to work with the French underground.
But was Wayles really kidnapped? Are the mobsters really mobsters? Nothing is as it seems. Is this a crime adventure or an espionage adventure? One thing is for certain: there are dangerous dames and two-bit punks, and Caution knows how to deal with them. Fun fact: Starting in , the Lemmy Caution adventures were adapted into over a dozen European films, most of them French — and all of them starring the craggy Eddie Constantine as the titular tough guy. The 11th Saint novel is not a crime adventure, but an espionage thriller.
As part of the war effort, Simon Templar has started working as an undercover operative for the US Government. In Washington, D. The Saint is middle-aged, now, a bit tired and world-weary, and perhaps more cruel than he was in his early adventures. Fun fact: First published in Liberty magazine in four parts starting November 7, While browsing a market in Brussels, Tintin purchases an antique model ship for Captain Haddock.
The ship is stolen, but Tintin discovers a miniature scroll which had been hidden inside its mainmast. I was obsessed with this Tintin adventure, as a child. In , Steven Spielberg directed a motion capture feature film based partly on The Secret of the Unicorn. Why is another private eye tailing Marlowe? The other detective turns up dead… and so does a rare coin dealer.
This is when things get really weird. The High Window novel was adapted, by director Herbert I. One of my favorite Shute adventures! Howard agrees to take two English children with him. We learn that Howard is a widower, and that his son, an RAF pilot, was recently killed in action. Twelve-year-old Julian, year-old Dick and their sister, year-old Anne, are sent to Kirrin Bay, in rural southern England, to spend the summer with their year-old gender-nonconforming cousin Georgina George.
Though George is surly at first, the cousins soon become friendly. Paranoid political noir in an experimental fictional style! Clark Gifford, a disaffected politician in an unnamed, media-driven modern state, rallies a band of guerrillas to seize a few radio stations; they broadcast a call for freedom and rebellion.
The government quickly puts down the insurrection — but twenty years of civil war ensue. The narrative skips around in time — before, during, and long after the radio-station attacks. Fun fact: Fearing is best known for his poetry, and for his existentialist crime thriller, The Big Clock. He was one of the founders of the leftist anti-Stalinist journal The Partisan Review.
Aided in his research by his accomplished and progressive wife, Elizabeth, in the s Marston, a psychology professor at Tufts, developed an early prototype of the lie detector. Harry G. The character, who was sculpted from clay by Queen Hippolyta and given superhuman powers by the Greek gods, gained her own feature in Sensation Comics 1 January and has been going strong ever since.
Fun facts: The movie Wonder Woman , directed by Patty Jenkins and starring Gal Gadot, set box office records, and has been named one of the best superhero movies of all time. A sequel is coming. When I published a list of Science Fiction Adventures at io9. I did not include a single Isaac Asimov title; and readers were outraged. That said, I like it! Fun fact: Originally a series of stories published in Astounding Magazine between May and January They then arrange a railroad accident for their victim. Everything goes well, but Phyllis, it seems, never had any intention of splitting the money with Walter.
Will the conspirators end up trying to kill one another? Fun facts: A shorter version of the story, based on a case that Cain covered while working as a journalist in New York, was serialized in Liberty magazine in Look — summers in Van Nuys are hot. Why you should watch: Nicole and Devin are — how shall we say this?
The United Kingdom is experiencing its own growing pains when it comes to making the BBC more reflective of its population, especially the bustling jumble of cultures that is London. Okonedo and Lester star as a middle-class couple with three kids and a dog. Okonedo plays Maya, a civil rights barrister who represents death row inmates in the United States and is working to get justice for a protester who died in police custody. Lester is Nick, a former undercover officer who used to spy on political groups, but gave it up once he met Maya, trading his career for life as a writer and supportive husband.
Why you should watch: Season five of Luther is a possibility , but meanwhile, Undercover offers a great alternative for fans jonesing for a fix of British political drama. Inspired by the Natalie Baszile novel of the same name, DuVernay, together with her mentor Oprah Winfrey, has produced one of the most intimate and personal looks at the lives of black women to ever grace a screen.
Each of the 12 episodes of the first season were directed by women. One of the most prolific preachers in America rightly gets a talk show. The Dallas-based minister will shoot this show before a live studio audience in Los Angeles and will take on social topics, and interview celebrities and nonfamous folks. The soap opera written, directed, and created by Tyler Perry follows five women whose lives are replete with scandal and betrayal.
Why you should watch: Someone needs to whiteboard all the relationships on this show to make heads or tails of them. Inspirational, but tough-as-nails, Vanzant helps damaged families find peace, resolve and helps them figure out solutions. Somehow, even four seasons in, Andre and Buress are still catching celebrities off guard with their cable-access parody talk show.
Queen spent five years on a remote island, which lends itself to lots of flashback opportunities. This adaptation of the DC comic follows the life of crime scene investigator Barry Allen Grant Gustin who becomes the titular Flash and gains the power of superspeed after being struck by lightning. Martin plays Central City police detective Joe West. Hope that helps it find the same spark as network cohorts The Flash and Arrow. Also: musical episode? Why you should watch: Everyone has always wanted to know when these two were going to jump the broom.
Why you should watch: Sounds like there will be a shift from the norm in this new reality show. Why you should watch: Virginal Angela Simmons — daughter of the legendary Rev. This show is actually fun to watch. This viral zombie apocalypse sensation has captured audiences from the beginning, and Gurira absolutely sings as Michonne. Why you should watch: Bolstered by a well-balanced ensemble cast, Walking Dead is a well-constructed mish-mash of horror, imaginative violence, and suspense. An animated comedy follows three benchwarmers on their high school basketball team — Jamal, Grover, and Milk.
Unfortunately, the humor is just as crude as the animation and the show fails the most important test: Is it funny? Why you should watch: Have you heard? Why you should watch: For answers to questions such as what would happen if we had no privacy to why do we lie to is doing nothing the best way to address terrorism , this show has your back.
Last season, Tyson, perhaps unexpectedly, spoke with David Byrne for a segment about the importance of art education. Why you should watch: Come for the interesting guests, and stay for the unexpected conversations. Blac Chyna and Rob Kardashian finally have their own spin-off show and we get to see the love flourish between the new couple as they prepare for their baby.
Madekwe plays Tituba yes, like Tituba from The Crucible and also real life in this thriller set during the Salem witch trials. Season three picks up with the witches planning to summon the devil to earth, only to have him foil their plans. She is his mother, after all. Why you should watch: Gordon knows how to interview all sorts — actors, musicians, politicians — and he gets the goods.
Why you should watch: Tim Gunn hated Season 14, too. Why you should watch: If you want the stories of the women behind N. Kellita Smith stars as a Lt. Roberta Warren, zombie apocalypse survivor, and part of the group heading west to take prison experiment and zombie bite survivor Murphy Keith Allan to the last remaining Center for Disease Control. Come for the fact that her bite can bring vampires back to life. Why you should watch: The slick vistas of this uniquely imagined universe will draw you in.
Why you should watch: We could all use a little more Technicolor, wigtastic, shade-throwing camp in our lives. Mindy Kaling — on a constant quest for love — shows the world that curvy brown girls are sexy, smart and funny. We need more of her quick banter and sideshow comedy. A supernatural drama that feels at least partly inspired by Inception — the main characters are all stuck in different parts of the same dream.
Not even thoughts? In some ways, a reality series like Strut could function similarly for the transgender community as Queer Eye for the Straight Guy however dubious it may seem to modern eyes did for the gay community when it first aired in Up Next. Up Next From Culture. By The Undefeated Culture Staff.
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