(Ex cal [ce] liber [atus]). Liberated from the stone.
The sword which Arthur drew out of the stone, whereby he proved himself
to be the king. (See Sword.)
“No sword on earth, were it the Excalibur of King Arthur, can cut
that which opposes no steady resistance to the blow.” —Sir Walter
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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