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Oʹyer and Terʹminer (Courts of)

are general gaol deliveries, held twice a year in every county. Oyer is French for to heari.e. hear in court or try; and terminer is French for to conclude. The words mean that the commissioners appointed are to hear and bring to an end all the cases in the county.

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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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Owlglass (German, Eulenspiegel)
Ox
Ox-eye
Ox of the Deluge
Oxford
Oxford Blues
Oxford Boat Crew
Oxford Movement
Oxford Stroke (in rowing)
Oxgang
Oyer and Terminer (Courts of)
Oyster
Oyster
Oyster Part (An)
Oyster and Huitre (French)
Oysters
Oz. (for ounce)
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Oyer and Terminer