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Balmérino (Lord)

was beheaded, but the executioner at the first stroke cut only half through the neck, and (we are told) his lordship turned round and grinned at the bungler.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Ballambangjan (The Straits of)
Ballast
Balle
Ballendino (Don Antonio)
Ballet (pronounce bal-lay)
Balliol College
Balloon (A pilot)
Balloon Post
Balm (French, baume)
Balmawhapple
Balmérino (Lord)
Balmung or Gram
Balmy
Balmy-stick (To put on the)
Balnibarbi
Balthazar
Baltic
Balwhidder (The Rev. Micah)
Bambino
Bambocciades
Bamboccio or Bamboche