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Sand

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A rope of sand. Something nominally effective and strong, but in reality worthless and untrustworthy.

My sand of life is almost run. The allusion is to the hour-glass.

“Alas! dread lord, you see the case wherein I stand, and how little sand is left to run in my poor glass.”—Reynard the Fox, iv

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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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