Taherites to Talking Bird
Taherites (3 syl.). A dynasty of five kings who reigned in Khorassan for fifty-two years (820-872). So called from the founder, Taher, general of the Calif's army.
Tail Lion's tail. Lions, according to legend, wipe out their footsteps with their tail, that they may not be
Tails The men of Kent are born with tails, as a punishment for the murder of Thomas á Becket. (Lambert:
Peramb.) (See the Spectator, 173.)
For Becket's sake, Kent always shall have tails.Tails. It is said that the Ghilane race, which number between 30,000 and 40,000, and dwell far beyond the Sennaar, have tails three or four inches long. Colonel du Corret tells us he carefully examined one of this race named Bellal, the slave of an emir in Mecca, whose house he frequented. (World of Wonders, p. 206.)
The Niam-niams of Africa are tailed, so we are told.
Tails The Chinese men were made to shave their heads and wear a queue or tail by the Manchu Tartars,
who, in the seventeenth century, subdued the country, and compelled the men to adopt the Manchu
dress. The women were allowed to compress their feet as before, although the custom is not adopted
by the Tartars.
Tailors The three tailors of Tooley Street. Canning says that three tailors of Tooley Street, Southwark,
addressed a petition of grievances to the House of Commons, beginning- We, the people of England.
(See Vaughan .)
Some foolish knave, I thinke, at first beganAnother suggestion is this: At the death of a man the tolling bell is rung thrice three tolls; at the death of a woman it is rung only three-two tolls. Hence nine tolls indicate the death of a man. Halliwell gives telled = told, and a tolling-bell is a teller. In regard to make, it is the French faire, as On le faisait mort, i.e. some one gave out or made it known that he was dead.
The fourme of the Trinitie was founded in manne. ... Adam our forefather, ... and Eve of Adam the secunde personne, and of them both was the third persone. At the death of a manne three bells schulde be ronge as his knyll, in worscheppe of the Trinitie- for a womanne, who is the secunde personne of the Trinitie, two belles schulde be rungen.- An old English Homily for Trinity Sunday. (See Strutt: Manners and Customs, vol. iii. p. 176.)
Tailor's Sword (A), or A Tailor's Dagger. A needle.
The tailors cross-legged on their boards,
Take a Back Seat (To). To be set aside; to be deferred for the present. A parliamentary phrase.
When there seemed to be a tendency ... to make the Irish question, in the cant of the day, `take a back seat,' Unionist indignation knew no bounds.- The Daily Graphic, February 9th, 1893.
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