- Sir said Galahad by this shelde ben many merueils fallen / Sir sayd the knyght hit befelle after the passion of our lord Ihesu Crist xxxij yere that Ioseph of Armathye the gentyl knyghte / the whiche took doune oure lord of the hooly Crosse att that tyme he departed from Iherusalem with a grete party of his kynred with hym
(RQ:Burton Melanchol), II.5.3.ii:
- Against headache, vertigo, vapours which ascend forth of the stomach to molest the head, read Hercules de Saxonia and others.
1526, (w), trans. ''Bible'', Mark IX:
- And he axed his father: howe longe is it agoo, sens this hath happened hym? And he sayde, of a chylde.
1616, (w), ''Two Gentlemen of Verona'', IV.4:
- one that I brought vp of a puppy...I was sent to deliuer him, as a present to Mistris Siluia, from my Master.
2010 July 29, Simon Tisdall, ''The Guardian'':
- Obama has been obliged to make nice of late in hope of rescuing the moribund two-state process and preventing resumed West Bank settlement building.
From, away from (a position, number, distance etc.). (defdate)
''There are no shops within twenty miles of the cottage.''
1932 September 30, ''Time'':
- Though Washington does not offically recognize Moscow, the Hoover Administration permits a Soviet Russian Information Bureau to flourish in a modest red brick house on Massachusetts Avenue, within a mile of the White House.
2010 November 7, ''The Guardian'':
- There are now upwards of 1.4 million 99ers in America facing a life with no benefits and few prospects for finding a job in a market in which companies are still not hiring.
''What's the time? / Nearly a quarter of three.''
1940 June 17, "Little Bull Booed", ''Time'':
- "Fellow Democrats," he began, "I left Washington at a quarter of two this morning ...."
1982, (w), ''Water Music'', Penguin, 2006, page 194:
- Quarter of seven. Fifteen minutes to go.
''Finally she was relieved of the burden of caring for her sick husband.''
- And ther with on his handes and on his knees he wente soo nyghe that he touched the holy vessel / and kyste hit / and anone he was hole / and thenne he sayd lord god I thanke the / for I am helyd of this sekenesse
(RQ:Flr Mntgn Essay), II.1:
- Antigonus took upon him to favour a souldier of his by reason of his vertue and valour, to have great care of him, and see whether they could recover him of a lingering and inward disease which had long tormented him ....
1816 February 20, Jane Austen, ''Letter'':
- I am almost entirely cured of my rheumatism—just a little pain in my knee now and then, to make me remember what it was, and keep on flannel.
1951, ''Time'', 3 September:
- In Houston, ten minutes after the Lindquist Finance Corp. was robbed of $447, Office Manager Howard Willson got a phone call from the thief who complained: "You didn't have enough money over there."
''He seemed devoid of human feelings.''
1731 August 28, Jonathan Swift, ''Letter'':
- But schemes are perfectly accidental: some will appear barren of hints and matter, but prove to be fruitful ....
2010 October 31, Stuart James, ''The Guardian'':
- Yet for long spells Villa looked laboured and devoid of ideas.
1822, Jacob Bailey Moore, ''New Hampshire'', volume 1, page 5:
- He was kindly treated by the people at Saco, and recovered of his wounds.
''The word is believed to be of Japanese origin.''
1526, (w), trans. ''Bible'', Acts II:
- They wondred all, and marveylled sayinge amonge themselves: Loke, are not all these which speake off galile? And howe heare we every man his awne tongue wherein we were boren?
1954, ''The Rotarian'', volume 85:6:
- My father was born of a family of weavers in Manchester, England.
2010, "The Cost of Repair", ''The Economist'':
- Nothing may come of these ideas, yet their potential should not be dismissed.
(n-g); from, out of, as an expression of. (defdate)
''The invention was born of necessity.''
- Faire knyght said Palomydes me semeth we haue assayed eyther other passyng sore / and yf hit may please the / I requyre the of thy knyghthode telle me thy name / Sir said the knyȝt to Palomydes / that is me loth to doo / for thou hast done me wronge.
1803, John Smalley, ''Sermons'':
- Undoubtedly it is to be understood, that inflicting deserved punishment on all evil doers, of right, belongs to God.
2008 December 3, Rowenna Davis, ''The Guardian'':
- The woman who danced for me said she was there of her own free will, but when I pushed a bit further, I discovered that she "owed a man a lot of money", and had to pay it back quickly.
''It is said that she died of a broken heart.''
2006, Joyce Carol Oates, ''The Female of the Species'':
- He smelled of beer and cigarette smoke and his own body.
2010 October 5, Rebecca Omonira-Oyekanmi, ''The Guardian'':
- Two men, one from Somalia and one from Zimbabwe, died of terminal illnesses shortly after their incarceration ended.
''I am tired of all this nonsense.''
2010 September 23, Bagehot, ''The Economist'':
- Lib Dems were appalled by Mr Boles’s offer, however kindly meant: the party is so frightened of losing its independence under Mr Clegg that such a pact would “kill” him, says a senior member.
2015, Vincent J. M. DiMaio, ''Gunshot Wounds'':
- Thus, one finds individuals dead of a gunshot wound with potentially lethal levels of drugs.
''I am not particularly enamoured of this idea.''
1526, (w), trans. ''Bible'', Acts IX:
- After a good while, the iewes toke cousell amonge themselves to kyll him. But their layinges awayte wer knowen of Saul.
- she might appeare to be the lively patterne of another Lucrece, yet know I certainly that, both before that time and afterward, she had beene enjoyed of others upon easier composition.
1995, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Family: A Proclamation to the World:
- The family is ordained of God.
2008 March 27, "Selling rhythm to the world", ''The Economist'':
- Colombia and Venezuela share an elegantly restrained style, with much back-stepping, smaller hand-movements and little use of the elaborate, arm-tangling moves beloved of Cuban dancers.
''The contract can be terminated at any time with the agreement of both parties.''
1994, Paul Coates, ''Film at the Intersection of High and Mass Culture'', page 136:
- In ''Blood and Sand'', meanwhile, Valentino repeatedly solicits the attention of women who have turned away from him.
2009 December 28, "Head to head", ''The Economist'':
- Somehow Croatia has escaped the opprobrium of the likes of the German Christian Democrats and others that are against any rapid enlargement of the European Union to the include rest of the western Balkans.
''It was very brave of you to speak out like that.''
1815, Jane Austen, ''Emma'':
- When this was over, Mr. Woodhouse gratefully observed,—"It is very kind of you, Mr. Knightley, to come out at this late hour to call upon us."
2007 January 10, Dorian Lynskey, ''The Guardian'':
- Morrissey's spokesperson says he is considering the offer. It would perhaps be rude of him to decline.
''Expressing composition, substance.''
''Many 'corks' are now actually made of plastic.''
1846, Herman Melville, ''Typee'':
- The mallet is made of a hard heavy wood resembling ebony, is about twelve inches in length, and perhaps two in breadth, with a rounded handle at one end ....
''She wore a dress of silk.''
2010 January 23, Simon Mawer, ''The Guardian'':
- Perhaps symbolically, Van Doesburg was building a house of stra he died within a few months of completion, not in Meudon but in Davos, of a heart attack following a bout of asthma.
''What a lot of nonsense!''
1853, William Makepeace Thackeray, ''Barry Lyndon'':
- His papers at this period contain a mass of very unedifying and uninteresting documents ....
2010 October 31, Polly Vernon, ''The Guardian'':
- I'd expected to be confronted by oodles of barely suppressed tension and leather-clad, pouty-mouthed, large-haired sexiness; the visual shorthand of rock gods in general, and Jon Bon Jovi in particular.
''Welcome to the historic town of Harwich.''
1719, Daniel Defoe, ''Robinson Crusoe'':
- This having the rainy month of March and April to water it, sprung up very pleasantly, and yielded a very good crop ....
2010 October 30, Maya Jaggi, ''The Guardian'':
- In his studio in the Behlendorf woods, near the Baltic city of Lübeck, Günter Grass reflects on the outcry over his fictive memoir ''Peeling the Onion''.
(n-g); "which is also". (defdate)
''I'm not driving this wreck of a car.''
1911, Katherine Mansfield, ''In a German Pension'':
- As he swallowed the soup his heart warmed to this fool of a girl.
2010 August 22, Sean O'Hagan, ''The Guardian'':
- "I'm having a bitch of a day," he says, after ordering a restorative pint of Guinness and flopping down in a seat by the front window.
''Introducing subject matter.''
(n-g); concerning, with regard to. (defdate)
''I'm always thinking of you.''
1815, (w), ''(w)'':
- he spoke of his uncle with warm regard, was fond of talking of him ....
2010 October 19, Rebecca Seal, ''The Guardian'':
- while producing ''Cook'', which includes more than 250 seasonal recipes by 80 different chefs, we washed up more than 500 times (oh, how I dreamed of dishwashers).
''He told us the story of his journey to India.''
2010 October 21, ''The Economist'':
- Recession and rising unemployment have put paid to most thoughts of further EU enlargement.
''This behaviour is typical of teenagers.''
1851, (w), ''(w)'':
- The same secludedness and isolation to which the schoolmaster whale betakes himself in his advancing years, is true of all aged Sperm Whales.
''Having (w) effect.''
(n-g); "from among". (defdate)
''Most of these apples are rotten.''
- But as for me said sire Gareth I medle not of their maters therfore there is none of them that loueth me / And for I vnderstande they be murtherers of good knyghtes I lefte theyre company
1789, Edward Gibbon, ''Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire'', volume 6:
- The dead bodies of the Koreish were despoiled and insulted; two of the most obnoxious prisoners were punished with death ....
2010 November 10, Michael Wood, ''The Guardian'':
- Many of the civilisational achievements of Mesopotamia are the product of that symbiosis.
2005, Naomi Wolf, ''The Treehouse'', page 58:
- everyone, even the ladies of the village, called the dish ''tzigayner shmeklekh'', or “gypsies' penises.”
2006, Norman Mailer, ''The Big Empty'':
- That, I think, is the buried core of the outrage people feel most generally.
''On the whole, they seem to be of the decent sort.''
1526, William Tyndale, trans. ''Bible'', Matthew XXV:
- And the folysshe sayde to the wyse: geve us of youre oyle, for oure lampes goo out?
1846, James Fenimore Cooper, ''The Redskins'':
- Dunning, however, is of the old school, and does not like new faces; so he will have no Irishman at his door ....
''He is a friend of mine.''
1893, Oscar Wilde, ''A Woman of No Importance'', IV:
- He is just what I should have liked a son of mine to be.
2010 August 27, Michael Tomasky, ''The Guardian'':
- In its flattering way, the press tried to invest this habit of Bush's with the sense that it was indicative of a particularly sharp wit.
''He was perhaps the most famous scientist of the twentieth century.''
1774, (w), ''The History of Jamaica. Or, General Survey of the Antient and Modern State of that Island'', volume 2, book 2, chapter 7, (gbooks):
- The building was erected in two years, at the parochial expence, on the foundation of the former one, which was irreparably damaged by the hurricane of Auguſt, 1712.
1908, EF Benson, ''The Blotting Book'':
- Thus, as he dressed, the thoughts and the rage of yesterday began to stir and move in his mind again.
2003 August 20, Julian Borger, ''The Guardian'':
- Within ten seconds, the citizens of New York, Cleveland, Detroit and Toronto were being given first-hand experience of what it was like to live in the nineteenth century.
''The owner of the nightclub was arrested.''
1977 October 28, ''The Guardian'':
- In a much-anticipated radio broadcast the Duke of Edinburgh said last night that Britain will be a grim place in the year 2000 ....
2001, ''Dictionary of National Biography'', 2001, page 27:
- The third son, William John (1826-1902), was headmaster of the Boys' British School, Hitchin ....
Belonging to (someone or something) as something they possess or have as a characteristic; (n-g) (defdate)
''Keep the handle of the saucepan away from the flames.''
1933, Havelock Ellis, ''Psychology of Sex'', volume 4:
- The breasts of young girls sometimes become tender at puberty in sympathy with the evolution of the sexual organs ....
2010 October 29, Marina Hyde, ''The Guardian'':
- It amounts to knocking on the door of No 10 then running away.
''Forming the "objective genitive".''
''She had a profound distrust of the police.''
1611, ''Bible'', Authorized Version, Matthew IV:
- And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.
2000, Sheila Ruth, ''Issues in Feminism'':
- Antifeminism has been a credible cover and an effective vehicle because the hatred of women is not politically anathema on either the Right or the Left.
''Expressing qualities or characteristics.''
''My companion seemed affable and easy of manner.''
1917, Zane Gray, ''Wildfire'', page 35:
- He was huge, raw-boned, knotty, long of body and long of leg, with the head of a war charger.
2004 August 11, Sean Ingle, ''The Guardian'':
- Still nimble of mind and fleet of foot, Morris buzzed here and there, linking well and getting stuck in at every opportunity.
(n-g); "characterized by". (defdate)
''Pooh was said to be a bear of very little brain.''
1891, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, ''The Boscombe Valley Mystery'':
- His frank acceptance of the situation marks him as either an innocent man, or else as a man of considerable self-restraint and firmness.
1951, Jacob Bronowski, ''The Common Sense of Science'':
- No other man has made so deep a mark on his time and on our world unless he has been a man of action, a Cromwell or a Napoleon.
''We have been paying interest at a rate of 10%.''
1903, Frank Norris, ''The Pit'', Doubleday 1924, page 4:
- She was a tall young girl of about twenty-two or three, holding herself erect and with fine dignity.
2006, Serway & Jewett, ''Principles of Physics'', page 428:
- A police car, traveling southbound at a speed of 40.0 m/s, approaches with its siren producing sound at a frequency of 2 500 Hz.
''It's not that big of a deal.''
- Such hegemonic projects often appropriate certain local traditions and re-inscribe them as "national," while dismissing other traditions which pose too great of a threat to the reproduction of the existing socio-political order.
- For some individuals, even 1000 calories/day may be too great of a deficit.
- While it is quite obvious that the state continues to try and dilute the voting power of Native Americans, at least as big of a challenge is the need for mobilizing Native American voters.
''Expressing a point in time.''
During the course of (a set period of time, day of the week etc.), now specifically with implied repetition or regularity. (defdate)
''Of an evening, we would often go for a stroll along the river.''
- For, sometimes of an afternoon when Miss Pupford has been reading the paper through her little gold eye-glass...she has become agitated ....
1897, (w), ''What Maisie Knew'':
- If there was a type Ida despised, Sir Claude communicated to Maisie, it was the man who pottered about town of a Sunday ....
For (a given length of time). (defdate)
''I've not tekken her out of a goodly long while.''
''After a delay of three hours, the plane finally took off.''
2011 March 2, Grant McCabe, ''The Sun'':
- The cab driver's claim he was sleepwalking during the attack has already been supported by his wife of 37 years.
(eye dialect of) or (l), ''chiefly in depictions of colloquial speech''.
1926, (w), ''The Great Gatsby'', Penguin 2000, page 33:
- "I had a woman up here last week to look at my feet, and when she have been the bill you'd of thought she had my appendicitus out."
1943, (w), ''The High Window'', Penguin 2005, page 87:
- ‘You must of left your door unlocked. Or even open.’
1992, (w), ''Snow Crash'', Bantam Spectra, page 340:
- "You couldn't of known," Livio says.
(alternative form of)
too (to an excessive degree)
by (indicating the creator of a work)
''used for expressing:''
pain, bitterness, regret
(soft mutation of)