Stain to Stank Hen
Stain A contraction of distain. (Latin, dis-tingere, to discolour.)
Stalking-horse A mask to conceal some design; a person put forward to mislead; a sham. Fowlers used
to conceal themselves behind horses, and went on stalking step by step till they got within shot of the
He uses his folly like a stalking-horse, and under the presentation of that he shoots his wit.- Shakespeare: As You Like It, v 4.
Stamp `Tis of the right stamp - has the stamp of genuine merit. A metaphor taken from current coin, which is stamped with a recognised stamp and superscription.
Stampede A sudden panic in a herd of buffaloes, causing them to rush away pell-mell. The panic-flight of the Federals at Bull Run, near the Potomac, U.S., in 1861, was a stampede.
Stand To stand for a child. To be sponsor for it; to stand in its place and answer for it.
Stand Off (To). To keep at a distance.
Stand Out (To). I'll stand it out - persist in what I say. A mere translation of persist (Latin, per-sisto or per-sto).
Stand Treat (To). To pay the expenses of a treat.
Stand Upon (To). As To stand upon one's privilege or on punctilios; this is the Latin insisto. In French, Insister sur son privilege or sur des vétilles.
Stand to a Bargain (To), to abide by it, is simply the Latin stare conventis, conditionibus stare, pactis stare, etc.
Stand to his Guns (To). To persist in a statement; not to give way. A military phrase.
The Speaker said he hoped the gallant gentleman would try to modify his phrase; but Colonel Saunderson still stood to his guns.- Daily Graphic, 3rd February, 1893.
Stand to Reason (To), or It stands to reason, is the Latin constare, constat.
Standing Dish (A). An article of food which usually appears at table. Cibus quotidianus.
Standing Orders Rules or instructions constantly in force.
Standard American standard of 1776. A snake with thirteen rattles, about to strike, with the motto DON'T TREAD ON ME.
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