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Perpetʹual Motion

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Restlessness; fidgety or nervous disquiet; also a chimerical scheme wholly impracticable. Many have tried to invent a machine that shall move of itself, and never stop; but, as all materials must suffer from wear and tear, it is evident that such an invention is impossible.

“It were better to be eaten to death with rust, than to be scoured to nothing with perpetual motion.”—Shakespeare: 2 Henry IV., i. 2.

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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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Perissa (excess or prodigality; Greek, Perissos)
Periwig
Periwinkle
Perk
Perkunos
Permian Strata
Pernelle (Madame)
Perpendiculars
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Persecutions (The ten great)
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