In the Old Testament, a man whose faith was severely tested by Satan. Figuratively, any long-suffering person can be said to be as patient as he.
The disciple who betrayed who betrayed Jesus to the authorities for thirty pieces of silver. When soldiers came to arrest Jesus, he identified their victim by kissing him. Figuratively, a "_____" is a betrayer, especially one who betrays a friend. A "_____ kiss" is an act of seeming friendship that conceals some treachery.
The sword of King Arthur. In one version of the legends of Arthur, he proves his right to rule by pulling ______ out of a stone. In another version, he received _____ from a maiden, the Lady of the Lake, to whom he returned it at the end of his life.
A cup or bowl that was the subject of many legends in the Middle Ages. It was often said to have been used by Jesus at the last supper. It was supposedly transported to Britain, where it became an object of quest for the Knights of the Round Table. By extension, a "_____" is any esteemed object attained by a long endeavor.
French for "good-bye"
Spanish for "good-bye"
The school or university from which one graduated. The term also refers to the school's official song. From Latin, meaning "nurturing mother."
In Norse Mythology, a dwelling in Asgard, the Norse heaven, reserved for the souls of those who died heroic deaths.
Birds of a feather flock together
People are attracted to others who are like themselves.
The buck stops here
I'm the ultimate responsible person in this organization. Other people can pass it to me, but I can't passit to anyone else. President Harry Truman kept a sign on his desk that read this
Fools rush in where angels fear to tread
Foolish people are often reckless, attempting feats that the wise avoid. The saying is from "An Essay on Criticism," by Alexander Pope.
No man is an island
No one is self sufficient; everyone relies on others. This saying comes from a sermon, MEDIATION 17, by the 17th century English author John Donne.
Don't throw out the baby with the bath water
In getting rid of waste, don't also discard what is worth keeping.
wet behind the ears
to be inexperienced and naïve.
Big Brother is watching you
A warning that appears on posters throughout Oceania, the fictional dictatorship described George Orwell in his book, 1984. The term is used to refer to any ruler or government that invades the privacy of its citizens.
An Italian inventor and electrical engineer in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. His most famous invention is the wireless telegraph, which he developed in the 1890s. In 1909, he received the NOBEL PRIZE for Physics.
The Spirit of St. Louis
The specially designed airplane that Charles Lindbergh flew in the first non-stop flight across the Atlantic Ocean. It is on display in a museum of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C.
A series of Soviet satellites launched in 1957 and in the following years. These were the first artificial satellites.
The deepest spot in the oceans, over 35,000 feet deep, near the Philippines.
The lowest temperature that can be attained by matter, corresponding to the point at which most motion in atoms stop. It is about -273 degrees on the Celsius scale and about -490 on the Fahrenheit scale.
A science (no longer practiced) that sought to transform one chemical element into another through a combination of magic and primitive chemistry. The search for the philosopher's stone that would change lead and other base metals into gold was part of it.
The central building on the Acropolis in Athens. Built in ancient times as a temple, it served as a model for much Greek and Roman architecture.
The home of Thomas Jefferson, in Virginia. It appears on the back ("tails" side) of the nickel; Jefferson's head is on the front.
A mountain in South Dakota, in which huge likenesses of four presidents' heads are carved: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt.
In classical mythology, a box that Zeus gave to Pandora, the first woman, with strict instructions that she should not open it. Pandora's curiosity soon got the better of her, and she opened the box. All the evils of the world flew out to afflict mankind. To "open a _______" is to create a situation that will cause great grief.
To go on endlessly; literally, to continue "to seasickness"
An abbreviation for anonymous, used to indicate unknown or unacknowledged authorship. Without the period, it means "at another time" or "again"
French for "good-bye" or "until we meet again"
German for "good-bye" or "until we meet again"
Blind leading the blind
an expression applied to leaders who know as little as their followers, and are therefore likely to lead them astray.
Genuine. From Latin, meaning "in good faith."
C'est la vie
An expression used to play down some minor disappointment. From French, meaning "that's life"