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Trade Winds

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Winds that trade or tread in one uniform track. In the northern hemisphere they blow from the north-east, and in the southern hemisphere from the south-east, about thirty degrees each side of the equator. In some places they blow six months in one direction, and six in the opposite. It is a mistake to derive the word from trade (commerce), under the notion that they are “good for trade.” (Anglo-Saxon, tredde-wind, a treading wind—i.e. wind of a specific “beat” or tread; tredan, to tread.)

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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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Town (A)
Town and Gown Row (A)
Toyshop of Europe (The)
Tracing of a Fortress (The)
Tracts for the Times
Tractarians
Tracy
Trade
Trade Mark
Trade Winds
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Tradesmen’s Signs
Traditions
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