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1Attributive Designating a faint view or glimpse of something unobtainable or distant, especially in "Pisgah sight", "Pisgah view".
2A point affording an overview or glimpse of a current or future situation. Also in "†Pisgah-hill".
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Thomas Fuller (1607/8–1661), Church of England clergyman. From Pisgah (biblical Hebrew Piṣgāh), lit. ‘peak, height, cliff’, the name of the peak of Mount Nebo, from which Moses saw the Promised Land (Deuteronomy 3:27).
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