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n. pl. rid·leys

[Originally a local word used by English-speaking fishermen of the Gulf of Mexico, of unknown origin.]


(Biography) Nicholas. ?1500–55, English bishop, who helped to revise the liturgy under Edward VI. He was burnt at the stake for refusing to disavow his Protestant beliefs when Mary I assumed the throne


(ˈrɪd li)

n., pl. -leys.
1. a gray sea turtle, Lepidochelyskempi, of the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of North America.
2. an olive-colored sea turtle, L. olivacea, of the Indian, Pacific, and S Atlantic oceans.
[1940–45; of undetermined orig.]


(ˈrɪd li)

Nicholas, c1500–55, English bishop, reformer, and martyr.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ridley - a marine turtle
marine turtle, sea turtle - any of various large turtles with limbs modified into flippers; widely distributed in warm seas
Atlantic ridley, bastard ridley, bastard turtle, Lepidochelys kempii - grey sea turtle of the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts of North America
Lepidochelys olivacea, olive ridley, Pacific ridley - olive-colored sea turtle of tropical Pacific and Indian and the southern Atlantic oceans
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The centre's first stores had begun trading in April 1886, but it wasn't until October 13 that the centre was officially opened by Environment Minister, Nicholas Ridley.
1555: Bishops Hugh Latimer and Nicholas Ridley were burnt at the stake for heresy.
1555: Bishops Hugh Latimer and Nicholas Ridley were burnt at the stake for heresy during the reign of Catholic Queen Mary, refusing to recant their Protestant beliefs.
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Even Environment secretary Nicholas Ridley - who was responsible for steering the legislation through Parliament - had misgivings and approached Thatcher in July 1987.
Those with long memories, however, will remember Margaret Thatcher's former transport secretary Sir Nicholas Ridley who committed a similar blunder shortly after the Herald of Free Enterprise car ferry sank with the loss of 193 lives after setting out to sea with its bow doors open in 1987.
But at the same time, Tory MP Nicholas Ridley was writing another report that would be Thatcher's blueprint for the death of the mining industry.
One of her main allies in that fight was Nicholas Ridley, second son of the 3rd Viscount Ridley, of Blagdon Hall in Northumberland.
It was, by some accounts, the kind of thing that former Tory Local Government minister Nicholas Ridley refered to when he talked about American councils who met only once a year to award contracts.
I arranged to meet Nicholas Ridley MP, then deputy Foreign Minister in Mrs Thatcher's government.
The book does not give credit to the late Nicholas Ridley in setting out the strategy of two planks: better co-ordination of the police, and building up coal stocks at big users such as power stations.