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Martin A jackass is so called from its obstinacy. Il y a plus d'un ane qui s'appelle Martin.
Martinus, qui suam acrius quam par est opinionem tuetur; cujus modi fuit Martinus juris consultus celebris sub Friderico I., a quo (inquit Baronius, A.D. 1150) in vulgare proverbium ejus durities in hanc usque diem pertransut, ut Martinum appellent, qui suae ipsius sententue singulari pertinaci studio, in haerescat. Fuit et Martinus Grosia, legum professor in academia Bononiensi.- Du Cunge (Art. Martinus)Martin. (See All My Eye.)
Martin, in Dryden's allegory of the Hind and Panther, means the Lutheran party; so called by a pun on the name of Martin Luther.
Parler d'autre Martin. There are more fools than one in the fair. This phrase is very common. (See Bauduin de Seboure: Romans, ch. viii. line 855; Godefroid de Bouillon, p. 537; La branche des royaux lignage, line 11,419; Le Mystère de S. Crespin ct St. Crespinien [2nd day], p. 43; Reynard the Fox, vol. ii. p. 17, line 10,096, vol. iii. p. 23, line 20,402, etc.)
Another phrase is Parler d'autre Bernart, ' from bernart- a jackass or fool.
Or vos metron el col la hart
For a hair Martin lost his ass. The French say that Martin made a bet that his ass was black; the bet was lost because a white hair was found in its coat.
Girt like Martin of Cambray - in a very ridiculous manner. Martin and Martine are the two figures that strike with their marteaux the hours on the clock of Cambray. Martin is represented as a peasant in a blouse girt very tight about the waist.
St. Martin. Patron of drunkards, to save them from falling into danger. This is a mere accident, arising thus: The 11th November (St. Martin's Day) is the Vinalia or feast of Bacchus. When Bacchus was merged by Christians into St. Martin, St. Martin had to bear the ill-repute of his predecessor.
St. Martin's bird. A cock, whose blood is shed sacrificially on the 11th of November, in honour of that saint.
St. Martin's cloak. Martin was a military tribune before conversion, and, while stationed at Amiens in midwinter, divided his military cloak with a naked beggar, who craved alms of him before the city gates of Amiens. At night, the story says, Christ Himself appeared to the soldier, arrayed in this very garment.
St. Martin's goose. The 11th of November, St. Martin's Day, was at one time the great goose feast of France. The legend is that St. Martin was annoyed by a goose, which he ordered to be killed and served up for dinner. As he died from the repast, the goose has been ever since sacrificed to him on the anniversary. The goose is sometimes called by the French St. Martin's bird.
St. Martin's jewellery. Counterfeit gems. Upon the site of the old collegiate church of St. Martin's le Grand, which was demolished upon the dissolution of the monasteries, a number of persons established themselves and carried on a considerable trade in artificial stones, beads, and jewellery. These Brummagem ornaments were called St. Martin's beads, St. Martin's lace, or St. Martin's jewellery, as the case might be.
St. Martin's lace. A sort of copper lace for which Blowbladder Street, St. Martin's, was noted. (Stow.)
St. Martin's rings. Imitation gold ones. (See above.)
St. Martin's tree. St. Martin planted a pilgrim's staff somewhere near Utopia. The staff grew into a large tree, which Gargantua pulled up to serve for a mace or club, with which he dislodged King Picrochole from Clermont Rock. (Rabelais: Gargantua and Pantagruel.)
Faire la St. Martin or Martiner. To feast; because the people used to begin St. Martin's Day with feasting and drinking.
Martin Drunk Very intoxicated indeed; a drunken man sobered by drinking more. The feast of St. Martin
(November 11) used to be held as a day of great debauch. Hence Baxter uses the word Martin as a
synonym of a drunkard:-
The language of Martin is there [in heaven] a stranger- Saint's Rest.Martin of Bullions (St.). The St. Swithin of Scotland. His day is July 4, and the Scotch say, if it rains then, rain may be expected for forty days.
`By St. Martin of Bullion-' `And what hast thou to do with St. Martin?' `Nay, little enough, sir, unless when he sends such rainy days that we cannot fly a hawk.'- Scott: The Abbott, x v.Martin's Running Footman (St.). The devil, assigned by legend to St. Martin for a running footman on a certain occasion.
Who can tell but St. Martin's running footman may still be hatching us some further mischief.- Rabelais: Pantagruel, iv. 23.Martin's Summer (St.) (See under Summer .)
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