(pronounced lêd), the metal, was, by the ancient
alchemists, called Saturn. (Anglo-Saxon, lead.)
To strike lead.
To make a good hit.
“That, after the failure of the king, he should `strike lead' in his
own house seemed ... an inevitable law” —Bret Harte Foot of Five
(pronounce leed). (Anglo-Saxon laed-an.)
To lead apes in hell.
Apes.) To lead by the nose.
Nose.) To lead one a pretty dance. (See under
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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