- skip - Brewer’s

Scythian Defiance

.

When Darius approached Scythia, an ambassador was sent to his tent with a bird, a frog, a mouse, and five arrows, then left without uttering a word. Darius, wondering what was meant, was told by Gobrias it meant this: Either fly away like a bird, and hide your head in a hole like a mouse, or swim across the river, or in five days you will be laid prostrate by the Scythian arrows.

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

Scudding under Bare Poles
Scullabogue Massacre
Sculls
Sculpture
Scutch
Scuttle
Scuttle Out (To)
Scylla
Scylla
Scythian or Tartarian Lamb (The)
Scythian Defiance
Sea
Sea-blue Bird of March (The)
Sea Deities
Sea-girt Isle
Sea-green Incorruptible (The)
Sea Legs
Sea Serpent
Seaboard
Seal
Seamy Side (The)