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Knots of May


The children’s game. “Here we go gathering nuts of May” is a perversion of “Here we go gathering knots of May,” referring to the old custom of gathering knots of flowers on May-day, or, to use the ordinary phrase, “to go a-Maying.” Of course, there are no nuts to be gathered in May.

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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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Knights of the Stick
Knights of the Thistle
Knights of the Whip
Knighten Guild
Knock Under (To)
Knocked into a Cocked Hat
Knot and Bridle (A)
Knots of May
Knotted Stick is Planed (The)
Know Thyself
Know the Fitting Moment
Know Your Own Mind
Knows which Side his Bread is Buttered (He)
Knowledge-box (Your)
Knox’s Croft