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No evil thing that walks by night, blue meagre hag, or stubborn unlaid ghost, no goblin, or smart fairy of the mine, has power to cross a lane; once in a lane, the spirit of evil is in a fix. The reason is obvious: a lane is a spur from a main road, and therefore forms with it a sort of τ, quite near enough to the shape of a cross to arrest such simple folk of the unseen world as care to trouble the peaceful inmates of the world we live in.

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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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Land of Myrrh
Land of Nod (The)
Land of Promise
Land of Shadows (Gone to the)
Land of Stars and Stripes (The)
Land othe Leal (The)
Landière (French, 3 syl.)
Landscape (A)
Lane (The)
Lanfusa’s Son
Lang Syne (Scotch, long since)
Langbourn Ward (London)
Langstaff (Launcelot)
Langue dOc
Langue dOil

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