Out in the Forty-five to Oz
Out in the Forty-five - i.e. in the rebel army of the Young Pretender, in 1745 (George II.). (Howitt : History of England, vol. iv. p. 506.)
Out of Harness Not in practice, retired. A horse out of harness is one not at work.
Out of Pocket To be out of pocket by a transaction is to suffer loss of money thereby. More went out of the pocket than came into it.
Out of Sorts Indisposed, in bad spirits. The French locution is rather remarkable- Ne pas être dans
son assictte. To sort is to arrange in order, a sort is one of the orders so sorted.
Out of the Wood You are not out of the wood yet, not yet out of danger. Don't shout till you are out of the wood, do not think yourself safe till you are quite clear of the threatened danger. When freebooters were masters of the forests no traveller was safe till he had got clear of their hunting ground.
Outis (Greek, nobody). A name assumed by Odysseus in the cave of Polyphemos. When the monster roared with the pain from the loss of his eye, his brother giants demanded from a distance who was hurting him: Nobody, thundered out Polyphemos, and his companions went their way. Odysseus in Latin is Ulysses.
Outrigger . The leader of a unicorn team. The Earl of Malmesbury, in 1867, so called the representative of the minority in the three-cornered constituency.
Outworks in fortification. All the works between the enceinte (q.v.) and the covered way (q.v.).
Ouzel The blackbird; sometimes the thrush is so called. (Anglo-Saxon, osle, a blackbird.) Bottom speaks of the ousel cock, so black of hue with orange tawny bill. (Midsummer Night's Dream.)
Ovation A triumph; a triumphal reception or entry of the second order; so called from ovis, a sheep, because the Romans sacrificed a sheep to a victorious general to whom an ovation was accorded, but an ox to one who had obtained a triumph.
Over (Greek, huper; Latin, super; German, über; Anglo-Saxon, ofer
Over in cricket, means that the fielders are to go over to the other side. This is done when five balls have been delivered from one end. It used to be four. The bowling is taken up at the opposite wicket.
Over and Over Again Very frequently. (In Latin, Iterum iterumque.)
Over Edom will I cast my Shoe (Psalm lx. 8; cviii. 9). Will I march. Over Edom will I cast my shoe,
over Philistia will I triumph.
Every member of the Travellers' Club who could pretend to have cast his shoe over Edom, was constituted a lawful critic.- Sir W. Scott : The Talisman (Introduction).
O'verdo (Justice), in Ben Jonson's Bartholomew Fair.
Overreach (Sir Giles). The counterpart of Sir Giles Mompesson, a noted usurer outlawed for his misdeeds. He is an unserupulous, grasping, proud, hard-hearted rascal in A New Way to Pay Old Debts, by Massinger.
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