Fair

(The).

Charles IV., King of France, le Bel (1294, 1322-1328). Philippe IV. of France, le Bel (1268, 1285-1314).

Fair as Lady Done.
A great Cheshire family that has long occupied a mansion at Utkinton. (Cheshire expression.)

Fair Geraldine.
(See Geraldine.) Fair Rosamond. (See Rosamond.) To bid fair, as “he bids fair to be a good ...” To give good promise of being ...; to indicate future success or excellence; one de quo bene sperare licet.

Fair as a lily.
(See Similes.)

Fair

(Latin feriæ, holidays.)

A day after the fair.
Too late for the fun. “Sero sapiunt Phryges. ” The Phrygians were noted for their obstinacy; hence, Phryx verberatus melior. They were thrice conquered: by Hercules, the Greeks, and the Latins, and were wise “after the events.”

Fair

(Statute). (See Mop.)

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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