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man in the moon

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.


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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Word History and Origins

Origin of man in the moon1

Middle English word dating back to 1275–1325

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Example Sentences

The Man-in-the-Moon winked at them three times, once with his right eye, once with his left eye, then again with the right.

So they obeyed the old yellow Man-in-the-Moon and scampered like little white mice back to bed.

So fast they went they scarcely seemed to touch the snow, and on up the hill they rode towards the laughing Man-in-the-Moon.

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

The Old-Man-in-the-Moon made it very bright so that they could see.

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