- skip - Brewer’s

Sky

.

To elevate, ennoble, raise. It is a term in ballooning; when the ropes are cut, the balloon mounts upwards to the skies. (See Skied.)

We found the same distinguished personage doing his best to sky some dozen or so of his best friends [referring to the peers made by Gladstone].”—The Times, November 16, 1869.

If the sky falls we shall catch larks. A bantering reply to those who suggest some very improbable or wild scheme.

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

Skin of his Teeth
Skinfaxi
Skinflint
Skinners
Skirt
Skogan (Henry)
Skopts, Skopti, or White Doves
Skull
Skurry (A)
Sky
Sky
Sky-blue
Sky-rakers
Skye (Isle of)
Skylark
Skylark
Slander, Offence
Slang
Slang
Slap-bang
Slap-dash