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man in the moon

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noun
  1. a fancied semblance of a human face in the disk of the full moon, so perceived because of variations in the moon's topography.
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Origin of man in the moon

Middle English word dating back to 1275–1325
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Examples from the Web for man in the moon

Historical Examples

  • "There's that critter again," complained the Man-in-the-Moon.

    Seven O'Clock Stories

    Robert Gordon Anderson

  • "Good evening, you mischief-maker," replied the Man-in-the-Moon.

    Seven O'Clock Stories

    Robert Gordon Anderson

  • The man-in-the-moon has found a circulation throughout the world.

  • "Well, here's something to play with when you get back to earth," said the Old Man-in-the-Moon.

    Seven O'Clock Stories

    Robert Gordon Anderson

  • I don't care about the man-in-the-moon very much, though Allee likes him.

    At the Little Brown House

    Ruth Alberta Brown


British Dictionary definitions for man in the moon

man in the moon

noun
  1. the moon when considered to resemble the face of a man
  2. (in folklore and nursery rhyme) a character dwelling in the moon
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