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Black Monday


Easter Monday, April 14th, 1360, was so called. Edward III. was with his army lying before Paris, and the day was so dark, with mist and hail, so bitterly cold and so windy, that many of his horses and men died. Monday after Easter holidays is called “Black Monday,” in allusion to this fatal day. Launcelot says:

“It was not for nothing that my nose fell ableeding on Black Monday last, at six oʹclock iʹ the morning.”—Shakespeare: Merchant of Venice, ii. 5.

February 27th, 1865, was so called in Melbourne from a terrible sirocco from the N.N.W., which produced dreadful havoc between Sandhurst and Castlemaine.

Black Monday. In schoolboy phraseology is the first Monday after the holidays are over, when lessons begin again.

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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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Black Jack (A)
Black Joke
Black Leg
Black Letter
Black Letter Day
Black Lists
Black Looks
Black Mail
Black Man (The)
Black Maria
Black Monday
Black Money
Black Ox
Black Parliament
Black Prince
Black Republicans
Black Rod
Black Rood of Sootland
Black Russia
Black Saturday
Black Sea

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