One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(in the Bible) a Philistine giant, according to one tradition slain by David (1 Sam. 17), but according to another slain by Elhanan (2 Sam. 21:19).
- 1.1as noun also goliath A person or thing of enormous size or strength.‘the two unassuming hippies took on a corporate Goliath’
- ‘These Goliaths of the world were timed performing such unlikely tasks as hauling a 9-ton lorry 100ft and pushing 900lb, uphill (on wheels).’
- ‘Divers regularly have to face up to Goliaths of all sorts - including giant nudibranchs and giant barnacles.’
- ‘It is the longest in Britain and is nicknamed the Goliath of all limos.’
- ‘People in the U.S. may be complacent to a degree when it comes to their entertainment, but as a rule they don't take kindly to corporate Goliaths picking on the little guy.’
- ‘Until the contest with Blackburn is resumed, one of Scotland's two Goliaths will be back bossing the Lilliputians around.’
- ‘In terms of physical strength Roscommon were truly the Goliaths and despite Sligo's best efforts there was no fairytale ending to this one.’
- ‘Joseph Mendelson explains how to use the law to take on the Goliaths.’
- ‘Given the disappointing performance of the media Goliaths, that's probably just as well.’
- ‘Hence, in theory, Egg should be able to undercut the Goliaths and provide better value for its customers.’
- ‘If asked to guess the identity of this pioneering bank, many people would probably name Bank of Scotland or Royal Bank of Scotland - the twin Goliaths of Scotland's modern financial services scene.’
- ‘There were plenty of Goliaths that day (many of them only five years old), clustering round the steps.’
- ‘Were the World Cup to start again tomorrow, any of the fallen Goliaths might coast through all three games and on to the final itself.’
- ‘And the green Goliath displays a bright red colour under its wings and between its thorax and rear legs when predators approach.’
- ‘When this happens, today's mobile Goliaths will come under threat from a host of smaller firms - the new breed of virtual operators who simply piggy-back existing networks.’
- ‘He rarely has time to stop and think about the A-Z of musical Goliaths he has worked with, but he muses, ‘I've been very fortunate.’’
- ‘Roscommon were definitely the proverbial Goliaths on Sunday and next time out might not retreat the way they did in Hyde Park.’
- ‘They are the original Goliaths of Carlow football, that's why it's nice for their hurling counterparts to take some spotlight this year.’
- ‘Several musical Goliaths have played in Ilkley over the years, none bigger than the late guitar hero Jimi Hendrix who held a surprise show at the tiny Gyro Club on March 12, 1967.’
- ‘Labs, which can weigh more than 80 pounds and measure 25 inches from paw to shoulder, are Goliaths compared to these breeds.’
- ‘Well, yes, it would take those impossible billions if we set out merely to duplicate the media Goliaths.’
- 1.1as noun also goliath A person or thing of enormous size or strength.
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