He is in the clouds In dreamland, entertaining visionary notions;
having no distinct idea about the matter in question.
He is under a cloud.
Under suspicion, in disrepute.
To blow a cloud is to smoke a cigar or pipe.
A dark spot on the forehead of a horse between the eyes. A
white spot is called a star, and an elongated star is a blaze. (See Blaze)
“Agrippa He [Antony] has a cloud on his face.”
“He were the worse for that were he a horse” Shakespeare. Antony
and Cleopatra, iii 2
(St.). Patron saint of nailsmiths, by a play upon the
French word clou, a nail.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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