frame in which a ship is placed while building, and so long as it is in hand it is said to be or to lie on the stocks.

Stock Exchange Slang See each article:

Bears.Fourteen Hundred.
Berwicks.Lame Duck.

Stock, Lock, and Barrel Every part, everything. Gun-maker's phrase.

“Everything is to be sold off- stock, lock, and barrel.”

Stockdove The wild pigeon; so called because it breeds in the stocks of hollow trees, or rabbit burrows.

Stockfish I will beat thee like a stockfish. Moffet and Bennet, in their Health's Improvement (p. 262), inform us that dried cod, till it is beaten, is called buckhorn, because it is so tough; but after it has been beaten on the stock, it is termed stockfish. (In French, etriller quelqu'un, a double carillon, “to a pretty tune.”)

“Peace! thou wilt be beaten like a stockfish else.”- Jonson: Every Man in his Humour, iii. 2.

Stocking (See Blue Stocking .)

Stockwell Ghost A supposed ghost that haunted the village of Stockwell, near London, in 1772. The real author of the strange noises was Anne Robinson, a servant. (See Cock Lane Ghost .)

Stoics Founder of the Stoic school. Zeno of Athens. These philosophers were so called because Zeno used to give his lectures in the Stoa Paecilé of Athens. (Greek, stoa, a porch.)
   Epictetus was the founder of the New Stoic school.

“The ancient Stoics in their porch
With fierce dispute maintained their church,
Beat out their brains in fight and study
To prove that virtue is a body,
That bonum is an animal,
Made good with stout polemic bawl.”
Butler: Hudibras, ii. 2.

Stole (Latin, stola). An ecclesiastical vestment, also called the Orarium. “Deinde circumdat collum suum stola, quæ et Orarium dicitur.” It indicates “Obedientiam filii Dei et jugum servitutis, quod pro salute hominum portavit. Deacons wear the stole over the left shoulder, and loop the two parts together, that they may both hang on the right side. Priests wear it over both shoulders. (See Ducange: Stola.)

Stolen Things are Sweet A sop filched from the dripping-pan, fruit procured by stealth, and game illicitly taken, have the charm of dexterity to make them the more palatable. Solomon says, “Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret [i.e. by stealth] is pleasant.”

“From busie cooks we love to steal a bit
Behind their backs, and that in corners eat;
Nor need we here the reason why entreat;
All know the proverb, `Stolen bread is sweet.' ”
History of Joseph, n. d.

Stomach Appetite: “He who hath no stomach for this fight.” (Shakespeare: Henry V., iv. 3.)
   Appetite for honours, etc., or ambition:

“Wolsey was a man of an unbounded stomach.” (Henry VIII., iv. 2.)
   Appetite or inclination: “Let me praise you while I have the stomach.” (Merchant of Venice, iii. 5.)
   Stomach. To swallow, to accept with appetite, to digest.
   To stomach an insult. To swallow it and not resent it.

“If you must believe, stomach not all.”- Shakespeare: Antony and Cleopatra, iii. 4.
   Stomach, meaning

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