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Overview page. Subjects: Literature.

The most celebrated and widespread of the 19th-c. European revolutions proved also a crucial turning point in the Italian Risorgimento. Beginning with an insurrection in Palermo in January,...

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W.G.

Edited by John Ayto and Ian Crofton.

in Brewer's Dictionary of Modern Phrase & Fable

January 2009; p ublished online January 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 30 words.

The nickname of the prodigiously bearded Gloucestershire and England cricketer Dr William Gilbert Grace (1848–1915), also known as

Balfour's poodle

Edited by John Ayto and Ian Crofton.

in Brewer's Dictionary of Modern Phrase & Fable

January 2009; p ublished online January 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 158 words.

The House of Lords. From 1906 the Conservative leader Arthur Balfour (1848–1930) exploited his party's majority in the

Carker, Mr

in The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable

January 2005; p ublished online January 2006 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 29 words.

the treacherous manager of the Dombey shipping house in Dickens's Dombey and Son (1848), noted for his hypocritical smile and white and glistening teeth....

Balfour

in The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable

January 2005; p ublished online January 2006 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 80 words.

surname of the Conservative statesman Arthur James Balfour (1848–1930).

Balfour Declaration a declaration in favour of a Jewish national home in Palestine, issued in ...

workers of the world, unite

in The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable

January 2005; p ublished online January 2006 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 44 words.

the usual rendering of the closing words of Marx and Engels's The Communist Manifesto (1848), ‘the proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains. They have a world to win. ...

airs and graces

in The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable

January 2005; p ublished online January 2006 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 41 words.

an affectation of superiority, recorded from the mid 19th century, as in Thackeray's Vanity Fair (1848), ‘Old Sir Pitt…chuckled at her airs and graces, and would laugh…at her assumptions of...