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Chevy Chase


There had long been a rivalry between the families of Percy and Douglas, which showed itself by incessant raids into each other’s territory. Percy of Northumberland one day vowed he would hunt for three days in the Scottish border, without condescending to ask leave of Earl Douglas. The Scotch warden said in his anger, “Tell this vaunter he shall find one day more than sufficient,” The ballad called Chevy Chase mixes up this hunt with the battle of Otterburn, which, Dr. Percy justly observes, was “a very different event.” (Chaucer, chevachie, a military expedition on horseback.)


“To louder strains he raised his voice, to tell

What woful wars in ‘Chevy Chaseʹ befell,

When Percy drove the deer with hound and horn,

Wars to be wept by children yet unborn.”

Gay: Pastoral VI.

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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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Chestnut Sunday
Cheval (French, à cheval)
Cheval de Bataille (His)
Chevalier dIndustrie
Chevalier du Brouillard (Le)
Chevaux de Frise (French)
Chevy Chase
Chiabreresco (Italian)
Chiar-oscuro [pronounce ke-ar-ros-ku-ro]
Chibouque (A)
Chick-a-biddy (A)
Chicken (plural chickens)
Chicken of St. Nicholas (The)

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Chevy Chase