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Ring in the Ear

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A sign of slavery or life-long servitude.

“Then Eldad took an awl, and, piercing his [Jetur’s] ears against the doorpost, made him his servant for ever. The elders pronounced a blessing, and Eldad put a ring through the ears of Jetur, as a sign that he was become his property.”—Eldad the Pilgrim, chap. 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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Rinaldo (in Jerusalem Delivered)
Ring
Ring
Ring (The)
Ring
Ring
Ring Down
Ring Finger
Ring Posies
Ring a Ding-ding
Ring in the Ear
Ring of Invisibility (The)
Ring One’s Own Bell (To)
Rings Noted in Fable
Ringing Changes
Ringing the Changes
Ringing Island
Ringleader
Riot
Rip (A)
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