quick and the dead
The living and the dead, as in The explosion was loud enough to wake the quick and the dead. Although quick has been used for “living” since the 9th century a.d., it survives only in this idiom and in cut to the quick, and may be obsolescent.
Think Shrievalty’s Dead? Find Out With This Word Of The Day QuizWe can't lend Abram our candelabrum because we're too busy taking this week's Word of the Day Quiz.
What’s The Difference Between “Yule” And “Christmas”?The lyric from "Deck the Halls" goes "Troll the ancient yuletide carol." Amidst all the fa-la-la-ing, did you ever ask yourself exactly what yule is?
- quiche lorraine,
- quick as a wink,
- quick assets,
- quick bread,
- quick draw,
- quick fire
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