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What is the origin of the phrase light dawns over marble head?
a Massachusetts saying- Marblehead, MA is a seaside town north of Boston--- the phrase is used to describe understanding ('light dawns') of something by a person who is being a bit dense or stubborn ('Marblehead')
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The name marble derives from the Greek word âmarmarosâ and means âshining stoneâ.
It's a phrase commonly said in Massachusetts. It essentially means"Ohhhh, now I get it..." or "Duh!" as when you didn't "get" a concept, and somebody explains it bettersuch t…hat you now understand it, and it was never that difficult inthe first place, or maybe the original explanation was confusing. Marblehead is the eastern-most town in Mass, and is truly the firstplace you'd see the sunrise. (Great answer, except for one thing. I think the residents of manyNorth Shore, South Shore, and Cape Cod towns, might disagree withyou that Marblehead is the eastern most town in Massachusetts) The expression is a play on words, i.e. when a light bulb comes onover your 'marble' head.
The word 'marbles' has had many meanings throughout history. Marbles are generally known as the little glass balls that children use to play a game. From the mid 19th century…, 'marbles' was also used to mean 'personal effects', 'goods', or more generally 'stuff'. This derived from the French word 'meubles', which means 'furniture'. Therefore, to lose one's marbles means "to lose your stuff," or, idomatically, to lose one's mind.
because they feel like it and they want to
This phrase originated in early English theatre, before the development of good stage lighting.. All stage lighting was by reflected candle light, mounted at floor level, dow…nstage of all performers. Even with highly polished reflectors, the light did not extend very far, and a number of reflectors must be used to clearly illuminate an actor. Needless to say, many lights must be used for any given actor to be placed 'in a good light'. Therefore, an actor had to be very good to earn the right to be;. 'put in a good light'. so, any actor so placed had earned this high compliment, usually by earning an important role
Among the ostrich's proverbial peculiarities are indiscriminate voracity (especially a habit of swallowing iron and stone to aid digestion), want of regard for its eggs, and a… tendency to hide its head in the sand when pursued.. "Alike (the) Austridge, who hiding her little head, supposeth her great body obscured" . Ostriches do put their heads in the sand, but ostrich farmers say they do this in search of something to eat.
what phrase does Stewie use when he lifts the dumbbell over his head?
Ezekiel, chapter 3, verses 8 and 9
According to Thomas Tayler's Law Dictionary (printed in 1856), the phrase "Wolf's Head" pertains to an outlaw, meaning a person who might be killed with impugnity, like a wo…lf. It is said that the phrase was originally found in the phrase "to cry wolf's head." But I have no idea where that phrase came from.
From theoretically being in water so deep that in order to stand it would be over your head
The term derives from the boy's game of marbles which was hugely popular in the US during the last 1/3 of the 19th through the first 1/2 of the 20th centuries. Marbles were… almost always wagered through playing a game of "keepsies" whereby each of the players placed an agreed upon number of their marbles equal to those placed by the other players into a circle drawn in the dirt and by knocking other player's marbles outside of the ring by shooting at them using a "shooter" marble from outside the ring, the shooter kept the marbles he "scored" and continued shooting until he missed then it was the next players turn. When all marbles were gone from inside the circle, the game was over and the players kept whatever number of marbles they "scored". It wasn't necessary to keep score in a casual game such as this since whatever marbles each player had afterwards was the score. Since all marbles entered were at risk, it was possible for one or more players to lose all their marbles by the game's conclusion. Since marbles were the prize possessions of many little boys, it is safe to assume that one who had lost all of his might wander around the streets in a daze, perhaps the shock of having been wiped out casting a pall of funk or insanity over the loser, especially if viewed by passersby and out of context. Having lost all ones marbles may have caused the loser to express great anger - an early, alternate connotation of the saying which eventually gave way to the term meaning that one who lost his marbles has gone insane, which is logical as being angry or "mad" can easily morph to "madness" or insanity.
Probably from the fact that when a person was executed by guillotine the head would roll around, even when landing in a basket.
Metaphorically drowning; through lack of skills, knowledge, time etc.
I believe this term comes from medieval times when someone was insane they would often cut their heads off hence the term "don't lose your head"
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This phrase has a number of applications, to be over the hill as 'past one's prime' or anything that is in decline, has been known since the 1900's. Another meaning is to 'bre…ak out of prison'. The origin may be taken from a 17th Century nursery rhyme - 'Over the hills and far away' which is self explanatory. There are other less important applications, origins not really known