cleft stick


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cleft stick

n in a cleft stick (fam) → in un vicolo cieco
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
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He bore in his right hand a tallow candle stuck in the end of a cleft stick.
Then jumping to his feet, he snatched the cleft stick from the Dodger; and, advancing to Oliver, viewed him round and round; while the Jew, taking off his nightcap, made a great number of low bows to the bewildered boy.
Master Bates, apparently much delighted with his commission, took the cleft stick: and led Oliver into an adjacent kitchen, where there were two or three of the beds on which he had slept before; and here, with many uncontrollable bursts of laughter, he produced the identical old suit of clothes which Oliver had so much congratulated himself upon leaving off at Mr.
He "had" me indeed, and in a cleft stick; for who would ever absolve me, who would consent that I should go unhung, if, by the faintest tremor of an overture, I were the first to introduce into our perfect intercourse an element so dire?
The woman wore a cleft stick on her tongue, in appropriate retribution for having wagged that unruly member against the elders of the church; and her countenance and gestures gave much cause to apprehend that, the moment the stick should be removed, a repetition of the offence would demand new ingenuity in chastising it.
P.S.--Just as I had written the last word, a Kafir came up my avenue of orange trees, carrying a letter in a cleft stick, which he had brought from the post.
Not more than any other youngster did he like to eat dirt or to be misjudged, but he saw himself in a cleft stick. The train rolled out of Delhi into the night.
The owners of the social media platforms used are caught in a bit of a cleft stick. The market is an evolving and very competitive entity, so if they choose to close someone down there's always another platform willing to take the business.
Every time Maria uses the hair dryer upstairs, the one on the landing goes into overdrive and she has to poke it into silence with a cleft stick (used for cross country walking and not sending messages to the Examiner).
Speaking to the media here shortly after the apex court's historic verdict, he said Sharif had defended Article 62 of the Constitution and thus, was caught in a cleft stick.
The IAS officer, Rajagopal Devara, found himself in a cleft stick after penning a commentary on the statewide farmers' agitation titled, 'Shetkari Ekjuticha Vijay' on June 25 in leading Marathi daily 'Lokasatta' of The Indian Express Group, said RTI activist Anil Galgali.
The Congress party is caught in a cleft stick. It cannot oppose the bill or even abstain during the voting because it is a piece of legislation that the Congress-led government had vigorously batted for virtually during its entire decade-old rule.