One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(The name of) a place, often a height or precipice, commemorated in local lore as a site from which lovers are said to leap despairingly to their death.
2The leap made by a despairing lover; also in extended use, as of a matrimonial venture.
Early 18th century; earliest use found in Joseph Addison (1672–1719), writer and politician.
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