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Ten Commandments (The)


Scratching the face with the ten fingers of an angry woman; or a blow with the two fists of an angry man, in which the “ten commandments are summarised into two.”

“Could I come near your beauty with my nails,

Iʹd set my ten commandments in your face.”

Shakespeare: 2 Henry VI., i. 3.

“‘I daur you to touch him,ʹ spreading abroad her long and muscular fingers, garnished with claws, which a vulture might have envied. Iʹll set my ten commandments on the face of the first loon that lays a finger on him.”—Sir W. Scott: Waverley, chap. xxx.

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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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