One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A peephole in a door.‘a glance through the Judas in her front door’
hole, gap, aperture, space, orifice, vent, slot, window, crack, slit, gash, split, fissure, perforation, cleft, crevice, cut, incision, rent, cavity, cranny, groove, chink, eye, mouthView synonyms
- ‘The door had a judas hole, covered by a small shutter with an enormous lock.’
- ‘If that's not a snapshot of Margo glaring through the judas hole in the door of her padded cell, then the Professor needs to sharpen the intuitive faculties with a sabbatical of his own in Byron Bay.’
Mid 19th century: from Judas Iscariot (see Judas), because of his association with betrayal.
1An Apostle; full name Judas Iscariot. He betrayed Christ to the Jewish authorities in return for thirty pieces of silver; the Gospels leave his motives uncertain. Overcome with remorse, he later committed suicide.
- 1.1as noun usually a Judas A person who betrays a friend or comrade.‘she was called a Judas and a scab’
traitor, betrayer, back-stabber, double-crosser, false friendView synonyms
- ‘Audrey is in purgatory and Ken is no better than a Judas.’
- ‘That doesn't make him a Judas - he's quite entitled to move on.’
- ‘She wondered uneasily if the group included a Judas.’
- ‘To his foes, he is a Judas who betrayed loyal friends.’
- ‘I want to leave here in the right circumstances, not be seen as a Judas.’
- 1.1as noun usually a Judas A person who betrays a friend or comrade.
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