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Idioms and Phrases
1. This letter is a modified form of the Egyptian hieroglyph, representing the Eagle 2. In logic, it denotes a universal affirmative 1.
A1 first rate; the very best 2.
A from a windmill To be very obtuse or ignorant. Possibly suggested by the similarity between the shape of a capital A and that of a distant tower windmill
Alu / Aaru In ancient Egyptian religion, the fields of Alia, where food was grown for the dead to supplement the votive offerings of their descendants, correspond roughly with the Elysian fields in Greek mythology 4.
Aaron's Beard The popular name of many wild plants 5
Aaron's Rod The name given to various flowering plants; a name for the Divine Rod 6 .
Aaron's serpant Something so powerful as to swallow up minor powers 7.
Aback, To be taken aback To be astounded; taken by surprise (comes from a sailing metaphor) 8.
Abd In Arabic, slave or servant as Abdiel and Abdullah (servant of God)... Abd-el-Kadar (servant of the Mighty one) 10.
Abe, Old or Honest Abe Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States from 1861-1865
Abominable Snowman Name popularized by Shipton's Everest Expedition of 1951, for the Yeti, a rare, elusive and supposedly bear-like animal of the Himalayas 15
About the size of it How matters stand; the facts of the case
Above Board Honest and open .
To be above oneself Temporarily more than orainary; high- spirited, self-confident, conceited 19.
Abracadabra A cabalistic charm, said to be made up from the initials of the Hebrew words, Ab(father)- Ben(son)-Rauch Acadsch(Holy spirit); it was used against flux, toothache, etc. 20.
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