(See Dancing Water.)
The Father of Waters. The Mississippi
(Indian, Michc Sepe), the chief river of North
America. The Missouri is its child. The Irrawaddy is so called
Blood thicker than water. (See under
Court holy water. Fair but empty
words. In French, “Eau $$$ de ceur.
” In deep water. In difficulties; in
It makes my mouth water. It is very
alluring; it makes me long for it. Saliva is excited in the
mouth by strong desire. The French have the same phrase:
“Cela fait venir Veau à la
More water glideth by the mill than wots the
miller of (Titus Andronicus, ii. 1). The Scotch say,
“Mickle water goes by the miller when he sleeps.”
(See under Miller.)
O'er muckle water drowned the
miller. (See Drown The Miller.)
The weaver, in fact, is hanged in his own yarn. The French say,
“Un embarras de richesse.
Of the first water. Of the highest
type; very excellent. (See under Diamond.)
Smooth water runs deep. Deep thinkers are
persons of few words; barking dogs do not bite. There are two or
three French proverbs of somewhat similar meaning. For example:
“En cau endormie point ne se fe;
” again, “L'can qui dort est pire que
celle quit court. ” A calm exterior is far
more to be feared than a tongue-doughty Bobadil.
The modest water saw its God and
blushed. The allusion is to Christ's turning water
into wine at the marriage feast. Richard Crashaw (1670) wrote
the Latin epigram in pentameter verse.
“Nympha pudica Deam vidit et erubuit.”
To back water. To row backwards in
order to reverse the forward motion of a boat in
rowing. To carry water to the river. To
carry coals to Newcastle. In French, “Porter de
l'eau à la rivière. ”
To fish in troubled water. The French saying
is, “Pêcher en eau troubé,”
i.e. “Profiter des époques de trouble et de
révolution pour faire ses affaires et as
fortune.” (Hilaire Le Gai.)
To hold water. That won't hold
water. That is not correct; it is not tenable. It is
a vessel which leaks. To keep one's head above
water. To remain out of debt. When immersed in water,
while the head is out of water, one is not drowned.
To throw cold water on a scheme. To
discourage the proposal; to speak of it slightingly.
The coldest water known. Colder than the water of
Nonacris (Pliny, xiii. 2). Colder
than the water of Dirce. “Dirce et Neme
fontes sunt frigidissimi aestate, inter Bilbilim et
Segobregam, in ripa fere Salonis amnis.”
Colder than the water of Dircenna.
(Martial, i. 51.)
Colder than the Conthoporian Spring of Corinth, that
froze up the gastric juices of those that sipped
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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