Commendation Ninepence to Conciergerie
Commendation Ninepence A bent silver ninepence, supposed to be lucky, and commonly used in the seventeenth century as a love-token, the giver or sender using these words, From my love, to my love. Sometimes the coin was broken, and each kept a part.
Like commendation ninepence, crooked,
Filbert: As this divides, thus are we torn in twain.Commis-voyageur (A). A commercial traveller.
Committee A committee of the whole house, in Parliamentary language, is when the Speaker leaves
the chair and all the members form a committee, where anyone may speak once or more than once. In
such cases the chair is occupied by the chairman of committees, elected with each new Parliament.
Committing Falsehood Swindling.
Commodity of Brown Paper (A). Rubbish served as make-weight; worthless stock; goods palmed off on the inexperienced. In most auctions the buyer of a lot has a fair share of the commodity of brown paper. Rubbish given to supplement a loan.
Here's young Master Rash! he's in for a commodity of brown paper and old ginger, nine-score and seventeen pounds [i.e. 197, a part of the advance being old ginger and brown paper].- Shakespeare: Measure for Measure, iv. 3.
Commodore A corruption of commander (French, commandeur; Spanish, comendador). A naval officer in temporary command of a squadron or division of a fleet. He has the pay of a rear-admiral.
Common Pleas Civil actions at law brought by one subject against another- not by the Crown against a subject. The Court of Common Pleas is for the trial of civil [not capital] offences. In 1875 this court was abolished, and in 1880 it was represented by the Common Pleas Division and merged in the King's [or Queen's] Bench Division.
Common Prayer The Book of Common Prayer. The book used by the Established Church of England in divine service. Common, in this case, means united.
Common Sense does not mean that good sense which is common, or commonly needed in the ordinary affairs of life, but the sense which is common to all the five, or the point where the five senses meet, supposed to be the seat of the soul, where it judges what is presented by the senses, and decides the mode of action. (See Seven Senses .)
Commoner The Great Commoner.
Commons To put one on short commons. To stint him, to give him scanty meals. In the University
of Cambridge the food provided for each student at breakfast is called his commons; hence food in
general or meals.
Commons in Gross - that is, at large. These are commons granted to individuals and their heirs by deed, or claimed by prescription as by a parson or corporation.
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