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Recorded from Old English and of Germanic origin, the word comes ultimately from a root shared by Latin nomen and Greek onoma.

have one's name and number on it (of a bullet) be destined to kill one; another version of every bullet has its billet; the number here referred to is a military number.

name and shame make public details of failure, wrongdoing, or other shortcoming on the part of a specified person, institution, or organization, with the purpose of embarrassing them into improving their behaviour.

name day the feast day of a saint after whom a person is named.

the name of the game the main purpose or most important aspect of a situation.

their name liveth for evermore the standard inscription on the Stone of Sacrifice in each military cemetery of World War One. The words come from the Apocrypha, and their use was proposed by Rudyard Kipling as a member of the War Graves Commission.

See also change the name and not the letter, give a dog a bad name and hang him, he that has an ill name is half hanged, no names, no pack drill, a rose by any other name.

Subjects: Classical Studies.


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