- skip - Brewer’s

Cry Vinegar (To)

.

In French, Crier Vinaigre. The shout of sportsmen when a hare is caught. He cries “Vinegar!” he has caught the hare; metaphorically it means, he has won success. “Cʹétoit, dit le Duchat, la coutume en Languedoc, entre les chasseurs, de sʹécrier lʹun à lʹautre ‘Vinaigre,ʹ dès quʹils avaient tiré un lièvre, parceque la vraie sauce de cet animal est le vinaigre.”

Crier au Vinaigre has quite another meaning. It is the reproof to a landlord who serves his customers with bad wine. In a figurative sense it means Crier au Voleur.

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

Crux (A)
Crux Ansata
Crux Decussata
Crux Pectoralis
Cry
Cry of Animals (The)
Cry (To)
Cry Cavē (To)
Cry Havock!
Cry Quits
Cry Vinegar (To)
Cry Wolf
Crystal Hills
Crystalline
Cub
Cuba
Cube
Cucking-stool (The)
Cuckold
Cuckold King (The)
Cuckold’s Point