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Mow, a heap, and Mow

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to cut down, are quite different words. Mow, a heap, is the Anglo-Saxon mowe; but mow, to cut down, is the Anglo-Saxon máw-an.

⁂ There is a third Mow (a wry face), which is the French moue, as “Faire la moue à [quel quʹun],” to make faces at someone, and “Faire la moue,” to pout or sulk. (Dutch, mowe.)

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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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