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Baʹyard

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A horse of incredible swiftness, belonging to the four sons of Ayʹmon. If only one of the sons mounted, the horse was of the ordinary size; but if all four mounted, his body became elongated to the requisite length. The name is used for any valuable or wonderful horse, and means a “high-bay” (bay-ard). (Villeneuve: Les Quatre-Filz Aymon.) (See Horse.)

Keep Bayard in the stable, i.e. keep what is of value under lock and key. (See above.)

Bold as Blind Bayard. Foolhardy. If a blind horse leaps, the chance is he will fall into a ditch. Grose mentions the following expression, To ride bayard of ten toes—“Going by the marrow-bone stage”—i.e. walking.

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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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