One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The day of a religious festival.
- ‘For high days I have a thimble-sized glass to drink port.’
- ‘The Bible describes two kinds of Sabbath whereon all customary work was precluded: the regular weekly Sabbaths which were fixed DAYS, ‘the seventh day of the week’, and special Sabbaths or high days that are fixed DATES, and can fall upon any day of the week.’
- ‘On high days he would have been carried to the temple for celebrations and sacrifices.’
high days and holidays
informal Special occasions.‘the drawing room is used only on high days and holidays’
- ‘Traditional family gatherings - high days and holidays - form the setting for this domestic drama.’
- ‘She comes home for high days and holidays and we toddle over to her for the odd weekend too.’
- ‘Sadly this dazzling light-show is reserved for high days and holidays, but even so, it splendidly reinvigorates and celebrates a much-loved historic structure.’
- ‘At £60 a throw, again provided you buy three to qualify for a third off, Taittinger Comtes is clearly for high days and holidays.’
- ‘Cevapcici, a kind of Balkans rissole, is the most popular everyday dish, but on high days and holidays the Serbs reward themselves with Koljivo, wheat porridge with sugar and walnuts.’
- ‘Our forbears thrived very well on oats, oily fish and kale, with full cream milk and a bit of cheese and meat on high days and holidays and I imagine they were financially very stretched indeed.’
- ‘Women would rather learn to play golf than spend their high days and holidays waiting for their husbands to finish playing.’
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