Golden balls


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three gilt balls used as a sign of a pawnbroker's office or shop; - originally taken from the coat of arms of Lombardy, the first money lenders in London having been Lombards.

See also: Golden

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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But he took it in good part, and, drawing three little golden balls from his purse, he held them out to Prince Bahman, saying, "Put these in your bosom and you will not forget a third time, for when you remove your girdle to-night the noise they will make in falling will remind you of my wishes."
In the meantime Mrs Bangham had been out on an errand to a neighbouring establishment decorated with three golden balls, where she was very well known.
The veselija has come down to them from a far-off time; and the meaning of it was that one might dwell within the cave and gaze upon shadows, provided only that once in his lifetime he could break his chains, and feel his wings, and behold the sun; provided that once in his lifetime he might testify to the fact that life, with all its cares and its terrors, is no such great thing after all, but merely a bubble upon the surface of a river, a thing that one may toss about and play with as a juggler tosses his golden balls, a thing that one may quaff, like a goblet of rare red wine.
Now she had a golden ball in her hand, which was her favourite plaything; and she was always tossing it up into the air, and catching it again as it fell.
My golden ball has fallen into the spring.' The frog said, 'I want not your pearls, and jewels, and fine clothes; but if you will love me, and let me live with you and eat from off your golden plate, and sleep upon your bed, I will bring you your ball again.' 'What nonsense,' thought the princess, 'this silly frog is talking!
Now be ye friends the heirs of my goal; to you throw I the golden ball.
Best of all, do I see you, my friends, throw the golden ball! And so tarry I still a little while on the earth--pardon me for it!
Captain Jim's small nephew Joe had come down to spend New Year's with his great-uncle, and had fallen asleep on the sofa with the First Mate curled up in a huge golden ball at his feet.
The small tables in the public spaces are adorned with dainty vases of silk poinsettias and golden balls.
A late strike in a recent 2-1 win over Dundee United in the Irn Bru Cup also saw him pick up the Golden Balls award for the quarter-final stage of the competition earlier this week.
MAN WITH THE GOLDEN BALLS Becks is more about the Olay than the 007
In one of the shots, Becks in his tight white boxers, grabs his golden balls and flaunts his rock-hard abs and in another shows off his tattoos and ruffed up hair, Daily Star reported.