inches thick, to elevate their stature. To this sole was attached a very elegant buskin, and the whole
was called cothurnus. (See Sock .)
Or what (though rare) of later ageBuss To kiss. (Welsh, bus, the human lip; Gaelic, bus, the mouth; French, baiser, a kiss.)
You towers, whose wanton tops do buss the clouds,Busterich A German god. His idol may still be seen at Sondershusa, the castle of Schwartzenburg.
Butcher The Butcher. Achmed Pasha was called djezzar (the butcher), and is said to have whipped
off the heads of his seven wives. He is famous for his defence of Acre against Napoleon I.
Butcher Boots The black boots worn en petite tenue in the hunting field.
Butter Soft soap, soft solder (pron. saw-der), wiping down with winning words. Punch expressively
calls it the milk of human kindness churned into butter. (Anglo-Saxon, butere or butyre, Latin, butyrum,
Greek, boutyron, i.e. bou-turos, cow-cheese, as distinguished from goat- or ewe-butter.)
Fine words, says our homely old proverb, butter no parsnips.- Lowell.He looks as if butter would not melt in his mouth. He looks like a dolt. He looks quite harmless and expressly made to be played upon. Yet beware, and touch not a cat but a glove.
She smiles and languishes, you'd think that butter would not melt in her mouth.- Thackeray: Pendennis, ix.He knows on which side his bread is buttered. He knows his own interest. Scit uti foro.
He that has good store of butter may lay it thick on his bread. Cui multum est piperis, etiam oleribus immiscet.
To butter one's bread on both sides. To be wastefully extravagant and luxurious.
Butter-fingers Said of a person who lets things fall out of his hand. His fingers are slippery, and things
slip from them as if they were greased with butter. Often heard on the cricket field.
I never was a butter-fingers, though a bad batter.- H. Kingsley.Butter-tooth (A). A wide front tooth. (See Buck-Tooth .)
Buttered Ale A beverage made of ale or beer (without hops) mixed with butter, sugar, and cinnamon.
Buttercups So called because they were once supposed to increase the butter of milk. No doubt those cows give the best milk that pasture in fields where buttercups abound, not because these flowers produce butter, but because they grow only on sound, dry, old pastures, which afford the best food. Miller, in his Gardener's Dictionary, says they were so called under the notion that the yellow colour of butter is owing to these plants.
Butterflies in the cab trade, are those drivers who take to the occupation only in summer-time, and at
the best of the season. At other times they follow some other occupation.
The feeling of the regular drivers against these `butterflies' is very strong.- Nineteenth. Century (March, 1893, p. 177).Butterfly Kiss (A). A kiss with one's eyelashes, that is, stroking the cheek with one's eyelashes.
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