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No cross, no crown cross is here used punningly, as in crosses are ladders that lead to heaven; proverbial saying, early 17th century.

no cure, no pay proverbial saying, late 19th century; expression used on Lloyd's of London's Standard Form of Salvage Agreement.

no foot, no horse proverbial saying relating to horse care and recorded from the mid 18th century; in North America, the form is no hoof, no horse.

no man can serve two masters proverbial saying, early 14th century; with biblical allusion to Matthew 6:24, the verse which concludes with the words, you cannot serve God and Mammon.

no man is a hero to his valet proverbial saying, mid 18th century; originally said by the French society hostess Madame Cornuel (1605–94).

no-man's-land disputed ground between the front lines or trenches of two opposing armies; used particularly with reference to the First World War.

no moon, no man proverbial saying, late 19th century, recording the traditional belief that a child born at the time of the new moon or just before its appearance will not live to grow up.

no names, no packdrill proverbial saying, early 20th century, meaning that if nobody is named as being responsible, nobody can be blamed or punished (packdrill is a form of military punishment in which an offender is made to march up and down in full marching order). The expression is now used generally to express an unwillingness to provide detailed information.

no news is good news proverbial saying, early 17th century, often used in consolation or resignation.

no pain, no gain proverbial saying, late 16th century, meaning that nothing worth having can be achieved without effort.

no penny, no paternoster proverbial saying, early 16th century, meaning that if you want a thing you must pay for it (the reference is to priests insisting on being paid for performing services).

no surrender! Protestant Northern Irish slogan originating with the defenders of Derry against the Catholic forces of James II in 1689.


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