Deal-fish to December
Deal-fish So called because of some fancied resemblance to a deal-board, from its length and thinness.
Dean (the Latin Decanus). The chief over ten prebends or canons.
The Dean (Il Piovano). Arlotto, the
Italian humorist. (1395-1483.)
Jonathan Swift, Dean of St. Patrick. (1667-1745.)
Deans (Effie), in Scott's Heart of Midlothian, is Helen Walker. She is abandoned by her lover, Geordie
Robertson [Staunton], and condemned for child-murder.
Jeanie Deans. Half-sister of Effie Deans, who
walks all the way to London to plead for her sister. She is a model of good sense, strong affection, and
disinterested heroism. (See Walker.)
"We follow Pilgrim through his progress with an interest not inferior to that, with which we follow Elizabeth
from Siberia to Moscow, and Jeanie Deans from Edinburgh to London." - Lord Macaulay.Dear Oh,
dear me! Regarded, but without evidence, as a corruption of the Italian O Dio mio!
Dear Bought and Far Brought or Dear bought and far felt. A gentle reproof for some extravagant
purchase of luxury.
Dearest Most hateful, as dearest foe. The word dear, meaning "beloved," is the Saxon deor (dear,
rare); but dear, "hateful," is the Anglo-Saxon derian (to hurt), Scotch dere (to annoy).
"Would I had met my dearest foe in heaven,Death according to Milton, is twin-keeper with Sin, of Hell-gate.
Or ever I had seen that day, Horatio."
"The other shape Death. (See Black Death.)
(if shape it might be called that shape had none
Distinguishable in member, joint, or
Or substance might be called that shadow
The likeness of a kingly crown had on."
Lost, ii. 666 - 673.
Death stands, like Mercuries, in every way. (See Mercury.)
death us do part. (See Depart.)
Angel of Death. (See Abou-Jahia, Azrael.)
At death's door. On the
point of death; very dangerously ill.
In at the death. Present when the fox was caught and killed.
Death and Doctor Hornbook Doctor Hornbook was John Wilson the apothecary, whom the poet met at
the Torbolton Masonic Lodge. (Burns.)
Death from Strange Causes
Æ'schylus was killed by the fall of a tortoise on his bald head from the claws
of an eagle in the air. (Valerius Maximus, ix. 12, and Pliny: History, vii. 7.)
Agathocles (4 syl.), tyrant of
Sicily, was killed by a toothpick at the age of ninety-five.
Anacreon was choked by a grapestone. (Pliny: History,
Bassus (Quintus Lucanus) died from the prick of a needle in his left thumb.
Chalchas, the soothsayer,
died of laughter at the thought of having outlived the predicted hour of his death.
Charles VIII., of France,
conducting his queen into a tennis-court, struck his head against the lintel, and it caused his death.
the Roman praetor, was choked by a single goat-hair in the milk which he was drinking. (Pliny: History,
Frederick Lewis, Prince of Wales, died from the blow of a cricket-ball.
Gallus (Cornelius), the praetor,
and Titus Haterius, a knight, each died while kissing the hand of his wife.
Gabrielle (La belle), the mistress
of Henri IV., died from eating an orange.
Itadach died of thirst in the harvest-field because (in observance
of the rule of St. Patrick) he refused to drink a drop of anything.
Lepidus (Quintus Æm'ilius), going out of
his house, struck his great toe against the threshold and expired.
Louis VI. met with his death from a pig
running under his horse and causing it to stumble.
Margutte died of laughter on seeing a monkey trying
to pull on a pair of boots.
Otway, the poet, in a starving condition, had a guinea given him, on which he
bought a loaf of bread, and died while swallowing the first mouthful.
Pamphilius (Cneius Babius), a man
of praetorian rank, died while asking a boy what o'clock it was.
Philomenes (4 syl.) died of laughter at
seeing an ass eating the figs provided for his own dessert. (Valerius Maximus.)
Placut (Phillipot) dropped
down dead while in the act of paying a bill. (Bacaberry the Elder.)
Quenelault, a Norman physician, of
Montpellier, died from a slight wound made in his hand in extracting a splinter.
Saufeius (Appius) was
choked to death supping up the white of an under-boiled egg. (Pliny. History, vii. 33.)
Manlius), a gentleman of consular rank, died in the act of taking a cheesecake at dinner.
Tuscius), the physician, died in the act of taking a draught of medicine.
William III. died from his horse
stumbling over a mole-hill.
Zeuxis, the great painter, died of laughter at sight of a hag which he had just