- skip - Brewer’s

Choke

.

May this piece of bread choke me, if what I say is not true. In ancient times a person accused of robbery had a piece of barley bread, on which the mass had been said, given him to swallow. He put it in his mouth uttering the words given above, and if he could swallow it without being choked, he was pronounced innocent. Tradition ascribes the death of the Earl Godwin to choking with a piece of bread, after this solemn appeal. (See Corsned.)

previous entry · index · next entry

ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ

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

previous entry · index · next entry

Chirping Cup or Glass
Chisel
Chitty-faced
Chivairy
Chivy
Chivy or Chivvy
Chloe (Kloee)
Chloe
Chœreas [Kereas]
Choice Spirit (A)
Choke
Choke-pear
Choker (A)
Chop and Chops
Chop-fallen
Chop-House (A)
Chop Logic (To)
Chops
Chops of the Channel
Chopine
Choreutæ [Korutee]

Linking here:

Corsned