- skip - Brewer’s

Scarborough Warning

.

No warning at all; blow first, then warning. In Scarborough robbers used to be dealt with in a very summary manner by a sort of Halifax gibbet-law, lynch-law, or an à la lanterne. Another origin is given of this phrase: It is said that Thomas Stafford, in the reign of Queen Mary, seized the castle of Scarborough, not only without warning, but even before the townsfolk knew he was afoot (1557). (See Gone up.)

“This term Scarborrow warning grew, some say,

By hasty hanging for rank robbery there.

Who that was met, but susʹpect in that way,

Straight he was trust up, whatever he were.”


J. Heywood.

previous entry · index · next entry

ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ

Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

previous entry · index · next entry

Scanderbeg
Scanderbeg’s Sword must have Scanderbeg’s Arm—i.e
Scandinavia
Scant-of-grace (A)
Scantling
Scapegoat
Scaphism
Scapin
Scaramouch
Scarborough Dress (A)
Scarborough Warning
Scarlet
Scarlet (Will)
Scarlet Coat
Scarlet Woman
Scavenger’s Daughter
Sceatta
Scene Painters
Scene Plot
Scent
Sceptic (Greek)