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Ringing Island


The Church of Rome. It is an island because it is isolated or cut off from the world. It is a ringing island because bells are incessantly ringing: at matin and vespers, at mass and at sermon-time, at noon, vigils, eves, and so on. It is entered only after four daysʹ fasting, without which none in the Romish Church enter holy orders.

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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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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
Rip (A)
Rip Van Winkle
Riphean or Rhiphæan Rocks
Riquet with a Tuft