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An apparently small supply that proves inexhaustible:‘information is infinitely reproducible without diminishing it: it is a veritable widow's cruse’
- ‘And so all the paradoxes of thrift, widow's cruses, and so on become irrelevant.’
- ‘It often seemed to Connie that her sons thought of the refrigerator as a widow's cruse of food that would magically restock itself every week.’
- ‘We don't know how God kept the widow's cruse supplied with oil, and why she never ran out of flour during that long dry spell.’
- ‘A widow's cruse was a jar of oil which was never allowed to run out, signifying that the community would support the bereaved person for as long as was needed.’
- ‘In Susan's courtyard, the little well is a widow's cruse, which never dries, even in the severe season of drought.’
With biblical allusion to 1 Kings 17:10–16.
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.
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The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.