I think we're grasping at the proverbial straw to consider him.
The expression "fidus Achates" has become proverbial for a loyal and devoted companion.
It became proverbial " that nothing could be done in the world without the help of God and of the king of Bohemia."
Her name has become proverbial in the sense of a nagging, quarrelsome woman.
The skill of the natives as seamen is proverbial in the archipelago.
The cowardice of this hyena is proverbial; despite its powerful teeth, it rarely attempts to defend itself.
Another feature of his works was the large number of excellent sentiments expressed in a brief proverbial form; the Pythagoreans claimed him as a member of their school, who had forsaken the study of philosophy for the writing of comedy.
Though in public prayers and on the coins the name of the caliph remained as that of the supreme authority, he had in reality no authority out of the palace, so that the saying became proverbial, "he contents himself with sermon and coin."
Tiberias is notoriously dirty and proverbial for its fleas, whose king is said by the Arabs to hold his court here.
It was the proverbial straw.
As far as scientific advancements go, that would be right up there with the proverbial sliced bread.
This circumstance gave rise to a number of proverbial expressions, like Avriicbpas oe bei or "naviget Anticyram," and to frequent allusions in the Greek and Latin writers.
If something even more untoward than what the scene implied had actually occurred last evening, Dean would find himself squeezed between the proverbial rock and a hard place.
This leads to the proverbial "lean years" and "fat years."
In spite of the aforementioned snags, life was a proverbial bucket of roses.
But much as he hated to do so, it was time to eat the proverbial crow and make peace.
Nearly all the moisture that is precipitated during six or seven months is stored up in the form of snow, and is gradually diffused in the course of the succeeding summer; even in the hottest and driest seasons the reserves accumulated during a long preceding period of years in the form of glaciers are available to maintain the regular flow of the greater streams. Nor is this all; the lakes that fill several of the main valleys on the southern side of the Alps are somewhat above the level of the plains of Lombardy and Venetia, and afford an inexhaustible supply of water, which, from a remote period, has been used for that system of irrigation to which they owe their proverbial fertility.
"To fight like a wild cat" is proverbial, and wild cats are described as some of the most ferocious and untamable of all animals.
But Lynceus, whose keenness of sight was proverbial, saw Castor through the trunk and warned his brother, who thereupon slew the mortal Castor; finally, Pollux slew Lynceus, and Idas was struck by lightning (Apollodorus iii.
They were proverbial for wickedness, for which they were destroyed by a rain of "fire and brimstone" (Gen.
The proverbial "Little Timmy" will find it hard to believe that food isn't manufactured like electronics but grown like an animal.
As the proverbial whistle.
According to another story Thetis dipped the child in the waters of the river Styx, by which his whole body became invulnerable, except that part of his heel by which she held him; whence the proverbial "heel of Achilles" (Statius, Achilleis, i.
His simple and forcible mode of expressing himself gave birth to the proverbial expression "Scythian eloquence," but his epigrams are as unauthentic as the letters which are often attributed to him.
Horace (Epistles, ii.) criticizes his old schoolmaster and describes him as plagosus (a flogger), and Orbilius has become proverbial as a disciplinarian pedagogue.
Dean just smiled, wondering how Ginger and Joseph would know where brother and sister-in-law were if they themselves hadn't lied like the proverbial rug and done the exact same thing as the pair they were accusing.
He frankly acknowledges his obligations to all his predecessors in a phrase that deserves to be proverbial (Praef.
Stesichorus completed the form of the choral ode by adding the epode to the strophe and antistrophe; and "you do not even know Stesichorus's three" passed into a proverbial expression for unpardonable ignorance (unless the words simply mean, "you do not even know three lines, or poems, of Stesichorus").
The plain is thus exceptionally well irrigated, and its consequent fertility is proverbial over the East.
In amber, as proved by the deposits on the shores of the Baltic, the proverbial "fly" is more numerous than any other creatures, and with very few exceptions representatives of all the existing families have been found.
At the time, we felt so infallible in our rightness we grabbed the proverbial bull by the horns exposing ourselves to a wealth of trouble.
On Solomon's relation to philosophical and proverbial literature, see PROVERBS.
The foreign policy of this period brought about the complete isolation of Austria, and the ingratitude towards Russia, as shown during the period of the Crimean War, which has become proverbial, caused a permanent estrangement between the two great Eastern empires and the imperial families.
from north to south (the proverbial " Dan to Beersheba "), with a breadth varying from 25 to 80 m., i.e.
The cunning and stratagem of the fox have been proverbial for many ages, and he has figured as a central character in fables from the earliest times, as in Aesop, down to "Uncle Remus," most notably as Reynard (Raginohardus, strong in counsel) in the great medieval beast-epic "Reynard the Fox" (q.v.).
But all knights were also knights of the spur or " equites aurati," because their spurs were golden or gilt, - the spurs of squires being of silver or white metal, - and these became their peculiar badge in popular estimation and proverbial speech.
However, the Hebrews themselves have preserved, in the proverbial expression " from Dan to Beersheba " (Judg.
Cursor's strictness was proverbial; he was a man of immense bodily strength, while his bravery was AII.
As this was placed at the end of the ordinary (not the numeral) Greek alphabet, "alpha and omega" has become a proverbial phrase for first and last.
They have also retained many ancient sayings, proverbial in their style, which enforce many of the truths of natural religion as to the attributes of God.
The opinion of Aristotle on the barrenness of money became proverbial, and was quoted with approval throughout the middle ages.
Stock proverbial sayings such as "Out of Galilee cometh no prophet" (though Deborah, Jonah, Elisha, and probably Hosea, were Galileans) were apparently common.
It's like the proverbial car wreck no one can look away from.
The Maxwells were pursued into Lockerbie and almost exterminated; hence "Lockerbie Lick" became a proverbial expression, signifying an overwhelming defeat.
Its converts nevertheless included many of the Bosnian nobles and the ban Kulin (1180-1204), whose reign was long proverbial for its prosperity, owing to the flourishing state of commerce and agriculture, and the extensive mining operations carried on by the Ragusans.
They seem also never to walk or run when on the ground, but always to hop. The bodyfeathers are commonly loose and soft; and, gaily coloured as are most of the species, in few of them has the plumage the metallic glossiness it generally presents in the pies, while the proverbial beauty of the "jay's wing" is due to the vivid tints of blue - turquoise and cobalt, heightened by bars of jet-black, an indication of the same style of ornament being observable in the greater FIG.
They are formidable weapons, of coarse manufacture, but with richly ornamented handles; and they frequently bear proverbial inscriptions suitable to their murderous appearance.
Yet his liberality to his ministers and servants was proverbial, and his vanquished enemies he always treated with magnificent generosity.
The panic-stricken severity of minorities is proverbial, but it is not to be forgotten that the Irish Protestants had been turned out of house and home twice within fifty years.
His proverbial sayings, in particular, a great number of which were written down partly in Aramaic, partly in Hebrew, strongly affected the spirit both of his contemporaries and of the succeeding generations.
The fertility of this region is proverbial.
In his youth, he was in all probability the proverbial bad boy.
A Cancer sign profile reflects the proverbial crab.
In reality, comparing Bollywood movies to Hollywood movies is a bit akin to comparing the proverbial apples and oranges.
Sometimes they will work wonderfully, but other times they end up with that proverbial "huh?" coming from the crowd.
This is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg.
When it comes to MySpace page coolness, less is the proverbial more.
Water under the proverbial.
Since video games for the PC can cost anywhere from twenty to sixty dollars, the advent of free kids' games online is a proverbial godsend to parents as well as their children.
Not only are his sayings proverbial: his doctrine actually forms the most powerful religious influence in present-day Hinduism; and, though he founded no school and was never known as a guru or master, but professed himself the humble follower of his teacher, Narhari-Das, 2 from whom as a boy in Sukar-khet he heard the tale of Rama's doings, he is everywhere accepted as an inspired and authoritative guide in religion and conduct of life.
Of insects Africa has many thousand different kinds; of these the locust is the proverbial scourge of the continent, and the ravages of the termites or white ants are almost incredible.
Bulldogs were formerly employed in bull-baiting, and the tenacity of their grip is proverbial.
The laws of Zaleucus, which he declared had been communicated to him in a dream by Athena, the patron goddess of the city, were few and simple, but so severe that, like those of Draco, they became proverbial.
Their leaves are deciduous, alternate, simple, and generally much longer than broad, whence the term willow-leaved has become proverbial.
The best extant specimen is the Argonautica of Apollonius Rhodius; the most characteristic is the Alexandra or Cassandra of Lycophron, the obscurity of which is almost proverbial.
He was learned, as learning was understood among the Italian clergy of the 18th century; but he was destitute of critical faculty, and the inaccuracy of his quotations is proverbial.
His unnatural and exaggerated style became proverbial.
From this barbarous act, the expression Lemnian deeds, Artµvta 'pya, became proverbial.
His small fees - he once charged $3.50 for collecting an account of nearly $600.00 - his frequent refusals to take cases which he did not think right and his attempts to prevent unnecessary litigation have become proverbial.
Hill@l's patience has become proverbial.
The patience of the ass, the high spirit of the horse, the obstinacy of the mule, have long been proverbial.
So here I am, with proverbial pen to paper, musing about the final disposition of these scratching if I should crawl my way through to completion of the task.
Unfortunately, the potential mate must be brought into the fold, even if doing so sinks the proverbial ship.
You have been hiding your light under the proverbial bushel!
canary the proverbial canaries in a coal mine, the tiniest babies die first.
He's totally riding the proverbial coattails of an established name and probably fooling many.
Without manufacturing, our economy will be up the proverbial creek.
Built like the proverbial nightclub doorman, Austin has also adopted the " thou shalt not pass " mentality of that particular brethren.
Throughout the eighties members had been leaving in the proverbial droves.
fit like the proverbial glove.
The whole area is covered in stars, creating a proverbial stellar haystack.
Well, like the proverbial iceberg, what you see on the surface is only a fraction of what exists.
I went to the doctors after I collapsed at college, but it was the proverbial last straw.
Sadly, what were great economic strengths, have, to an extent, become proverbial millstones around the ' regional neck ' .
The El Dorado promised by communism remained a mirage until the whole edifice collapsed like the proverbial house of cards.
We need to engage with our culture and the issues it raises and faces, not bury our heads like the proverbial ostrich.
Having seen the less than satisfactory second half of the game, they must be as sick as the proverbial parrot.
Others best taken with the proverbial pinch of salt.
So as you can see the proverbial postage stamp covered more than half the entry.
Major events like hurricanes might be determined by tiny causes in the past such as the now proverbial flap of a butterfly's wing.
proverbial without a paddle!
proverbial saying " What's good for the goose is good for the gander " .
proverbial iceberg, what you see on the surface is only a fraction of what exists.
proverbial last straw is Brother Will's plan to make Crystal his fifth wife.
proverbial pinch of salt.
The outburst of national grief on account of his death became proverbial (Zech.
In future lets remember that old proverbial saying " What's good for the goose is good for the gander " .
For a professional it is an essential tool, but it may be the proverbial sledgehammer to crack a walnut for many.
I think he gave someone's horse the proverbial double squiggle on air and that someone took offense.
This is the proverbial straw that breaks the camel's back.
Notwithstanding the proverbial ferocity of the wolf in a wild state, many instances are recorded of animals taken when quite young becoming tame and attached to the person who has brought them up, when they exhibit many of the ways of a dog.
18), which seem to have been proverbial for ferocity (Ps.
The air of Abdera was proverbial as causing stupidity; but among its citizens was the philosopher Democritus.
Sometimes they are proverbial sayings or moral adages, such as "Par divers moyens on arrive a pareille fin," "Qu'il ne faut juger de notre heur qu'apres la mort," "Le profit de l'on est le dommage de l'aultre."
Neddy, Jack, Dicky, &c.) for different varieties of the sub-genus Asinus, belonging to the horse tribe, and especially for the domestic ass; it differs from the' horse in its smaller size, long ears, the character of its tail, fur and markings, and its proverbial dulness and obstinacy.
Technical Maintenance Your web site is like the proverbial swan, serene on the surface but paddling like mad underneath.
The spindrift was pretty bad most of the time which gave us the proverbial ' face like a spanked ass ' look.
I think he gave someone 's horse the proverbial double squiggle on air and that someone took offense.
This is the proverbial straw that breaks the camel 's back.
Even though this pair of great friends may be shaking in their proverbial boots, Scooby and Shaggy always come through for Freddie, Daphne and Velma.
Drew's family and friends believed that she had hit the proverbial "rock bottom" after slashing her wrists and, once again, placed the troubled teen back into rehab.
Not that anything he's done is going to hurt his golf game, but it sure has hurt his pocket book with endorsements dropping like the proverbial flies.
In today's hectic world, generations within any community liken meeting new friends and potential mates to searching for the proverbial haystack-buried needle.
They have consistently produced the proverbial citrus-apple fruited white, with its overtones of grass-herb flavors.
If you were to offer such a smartphone to someone ten years ago, they would have been blown away by what such a device brings to the proverbial table.
Many new homeschoolers turn to Cathy Duffy because she gives honest, unbiased opinions on a variety of curriculum and has a reputation of shining the proverbial light on the best curriculums available.
If you've ever heard of the proverbial "two band-aids and a cork" bathing suit, you can see the concept in action with slingshot swimsuits.
You want it to represent your best writing because it's your proverbial foot in the door.
But all it takes is finding one prompt that is the proverbial goldmine for your talents to gush forth and thrust you into a whirlwind of awe-inspiring writing.
You may end up climbing that proverbial mountain and crossing the deepest valley.
Once he decides you're the one he's been seeking, it's like the proverbial dam breaks loose and all those emotions and passion he's been holding at bay break free as he sweeps you off your feet.
Conventional theory recommends putting money away where you'll earn something on the investment, rather than stashing money under the proverbial mattress.
They caution that if yoga practitioners are always aiming for the proverbial destination, they'll miss the very important journey of the mind/body/spirit connection yoga provides.
The "bed of Procrustes" has become proverbial.
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