man in the moon


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man in the moon

n
1. (European Myth & Legend) the moon when considered to resemble the face of a man
2. (European Myth & Legend) (in folklore and nursery rhyme) a character dwelling in the moon
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Sally did not reply for a minute or two, and Philip looked at her curiously: it might be thought that she was meditating upon what her mother had said, and on the other hand she might be thinking of the man in the moon.
As to all the higher questions which determine the starting-point of a diagnosis--as to the philosophy of medial evidence--any glimmering of these can only come from a scientific culture of which country practitioners have usually no more notion than the man in the moon.
1605, and when we read the description of the scenery it makes us wonder and smile too at the remembrance of Wall and the Man in the Moon of which Shakespeare made such fun a few years earlier, and of which you will read in A Midsummer Night's Dream.
As Secretary,' repeated Mr Boffin, meditating upon the word; 'I no more know that I may ever want a Secretary, or what not, than I do that I shall ever be in want of the man in the moon.
How I pull my young Misses and myself out of our Infernal Region again, how my other business is done afterwards, how my little bit of dinner slides itself down my throat, I know no more than a man in the moon.
Every time I pass the Man on the Moon public house in West Heath, so named to commemorate the first moon landing, I am reminded of that historic event because the pub was originally named the Man in the Moon.
The Man on the Moon in Kings Norton, Birmingham, was formerly known as the Man in the Moon - until that historic night of July 20 in 1969.
The illusion of the man in the moon is created by basins in the surface that are filled three to eight km deep with basalt, a mineral that causes gravitational variations.
We may be a little further on the road to greater knowledge after this week but we can't help feeling we have also lost something if the Man in the Moon is now definitively lost to us for ever.