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Dagger

or Long Cross (†), used for reference to a note after the asterisk (*), is a Roman Catholic character, originally employed in church books, prayers of exorcism, at benedictions, and so on, to remind the priest where to make the sign of the cross. This sign is sometimes called an obelisk—that is, “a spit.” (Greek, obʹelos, a spit.)

Dagger, in the City arms of London, commemorates Sir William Walworth’s dagger, with which he slew Wat Tyler in 1381. Before this time the cognisance of the City was the sword of St. Paul.        

Brave Walworth, knight, lord mayor, that slew

Rebellious Tyler in his alarmes;

The king, therefore, did give him in lieu

The dagger to the city armes.”

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Fourth year of Richard II. (1381), Fishmongersʹ Hall.

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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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Dabbat [the Beast]
Dabble
Dabchick
Dactyl (Will)
Dactyls (The)
Dad or Daddy
Daddy Long-legs
Dædalos
Daffodil (The)
Dag (day)
Dagger
Dagger Ale
Dagger-scene in the House of Commons
Daggers
Daggers Drawn (At)
Daggle-tail or Draggle-tail
Dagobert
Dagon (Hebrew, Jag On, the fish On)
Dagonet (Sir)
Daguerreotype
Dagun

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