Crude Forms to Cucking-stool
Crude Forms in grammar. The roots or essential letters of words. The words are crude or unfinished. Thus am - is the crude form of the verb amo; bon - of the adjective bonus; and domin - of the noun dominus.
Cruel (The). Pedro, King of Castile (1334, 1350-1369).
Cruel (now Crewel) Garters. Garters made of worsted or yarn.
Ha ! ha ! look, he wears cruel garters.
Wearing of silk, why art thou so cruel?Crummy That's crummy, that's jolly good. She's a crummy woman, a fine handsome woman. Crummy means fat or fleshy. The crummy part of bread is the fleshy or main part. The opposite of crusty = ill-tempered.
Crump Don't you wish you may get it, Mrs. Crump? Grose says Mrs. Crump, a farmer's wife, was invited to dine with Lady Coventry, who was very deaf. Mrs. Crump wanted some beer, but, awed by the purple and plush, said, in a half-whisper, I wish I had some beer, now. Mr. Flunkey, conscious that his mistress could not hear, replied in the same aside, Don't you wish you may get it? At this the farmer's wife rose from table and helped herself. Lady Coventry, of course, demanded the reason, and the anecdote soon became a standing joke.
Crusades (2 syl.). Holy wars in which the warriors wore a cross, and fought, nominally at least, for the
honour of the cross. Each nation had its special colour, which, says Matthew Paris (i. 446), was red
for France; white for England; green for Flanders; for Italy it was blue or azure; for Spain, gules; for
Scotland, a St. Andrew's cross; for the Knights Templars, red on white.
Crush To crush a bottle - i.e. drink one. Cf. Milton's crush the sweet poison. The idea is that of
crushing the grapes. Shakespeare has also burst a bottle in the same sense (Induction of Taming the
Shrew). (See Crack.)
Come and crush a cup of wine.To crush a fly on a wheel. To crack a nut with a steam-hammer; to employ power far too valuable for the purpose to be accomplished. The wheel referred to is the rack. (See Break A Butterfly.)
Crush-room (The) of an opera or theatre. A room provided for ladies where they can wait till their carriages are called. Called crush because the room is not only crowded, but all crush towards the door, hoping each call will be that of their own carriage. Mrs. X.'s carriage stops the way, Lord X.'s carriage, etc.
Crusoe (A). A solitary man; the only inhabitant of a place. The tale of Defoe is well known, which describes
Robinson Crusoe as cast on a desert island, where he employs the most admirable ingenuity in providing
for his daily wants.
Whence creeping forth, to Duty's call he yields,Crust The upper crust (of society). The aristocracy; the upper ten-thousand.
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