- skip - Brewer’s

Spun Out

.

As “the tale was spun out”—that is, prolonged to a disproportionate length. It is a Latin phrase, and the allusion is to the operation of spinning and weaving. Cicero says, “Tenuʹo deducta poemata filo”—that is, poems spun out to a fine thread.

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

Spouse (Spouze, 1 syl.)
Spout
Sprat
Spread-eagle (To)
Spread-eagle Oratory
Spring Gardens (London)
Spring Tide
Sprout-kele
Spruce
Spun (To be)
Spun Out
Spunging House
Spur Money
Spurs
Spy
Spy (of Vanity Fair)
Spy Wednesday
Squab Pie
Squad
Squalls
Square