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Left-handed Marriage

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A morganatʹic marriage (q.v.). In these marriages the husband gives his left hand to the bride, instead of the right, when he says, “I take thee for my wedded wife.” George William, Duke of Zell, married Eleanora dʹEsmiers in this way, and the lady took the name and title of Lady of Harburg; her daughter was Sophia Dorotheʹa, the wife of George I.

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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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Lee Tide, or Leeward Tide
Leeds (a Stock Exchange term)
Leek
Lees
Leet (A)
Leeward
Lefevre
Left
Left-handed Compliment (A)
Left-handed Marriage
Left-handed Oath (A)
Left in the Lurch
Leg (A)
Leg-bail
Leg-bye (A)
Leg of Mutton School (The)
Legs
Legal Tender (A)
Legem Pone
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