Beaten with his own Staff Confuted by one's own words. An argumentam ad hominem.

“Can High Church bigotry go father than this? And how well have I since been beaten with mine own staff.”- J Wesley. (He refers to his excluding Bolzius from “the Lord's table,” because he had not been canonically baptized.)

Beating about the Bush Not coming directly to the matter in hand, but feeling your way timidly by indirection, as persons beat bushes to ascertain if game is lurking under them.

Beating the Bounds On Holy Thursday, or Ascension Day, it used to be customary for the parish school children, accompanied by the clergymen and parish officers, to walk through their parish from end to end. The boys were struck with willow wands all along the lines of boundary. Before maps were common, the boys were thus taught to know the bounds of their own parish. The custom still prevails in some parishes.

Beati Possidentes Blessed are those who have [for they shall receive]. “Possession is nine points of the law.”

Beatific Vision The sight of the Deity, or of the blessed in the realms of heaven. (See Isaiah vi. 1-4, and Acts vii. 55, 56.)

Beatrice beloved from girlhood by Dante, a native of Florence, was of the Portinari family. She died under twenty-four years of age (1266-1290). Beatrice married Simone de' Bardi, and Dante married Gemma Donati.

   Beau Brummel. George Bryan. (1778-1840.)
   Le Beau D'Orsay. Father of Count D'Orsay, and called by Byron Jeune Cupidon.
   Beau Fielding, called “Handsome Fielding” by Charles II., whose name was Hendrome Fielding. He died in Scotland Yard, London.
   Beau Hewitt. The “Sir Fopling Flutter” of Etheredge. (The Man of Mode; or, Sir Fopling Flutter.
   Beau Nash. Son of a Welsh gentleman, a notorious diner- out. He under-took the management of the bath-rooms at Bath, and conducted the public balls with a splendour and decorum never before witnessed. In old age he sank into poverty. (1674-1761.)
   Beau Tibbs noted for his finery, vanity, and poverty. (Goldsmith: Citizen of the World.)

Beau Ideal The model of beauty or excellency formed by fancy.

Beau Jour beau Retour (A ). My turn will come next. (Never used in a good sense, but always to signify the resentment of an injury.)

Beau Lion (Un ). A fine dashing fellow; an aristocrat every inch; the “lion” of society. The lion is the king of beasts.

Beau Monde The fashionable world: people who make up the coterie of fashion.

Beau Trap A loose pavement under which water lodges, and which squirts up filth when trodden on, to the annoyance of the smartly dressed.

Beauclerc [good scholar ]. Applied to Henry I., who had clerk-like accomplishments, very rare in the times in which he lived (1068, 1100-1135).

Beaumontague [pronounce bo-mon-taig ]. Bad work, especially ill-fitting carpenter's work; literary padding; paste and scissors literature; so called from putty used by carpenters, etc., for filling up cracks and bad joinery. German, teig, dough; and Emile Beaumont, the geologist (1798-1851), who also gives his name to “Beaumontite.”

  By PanEris using Melati.

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