Entry from US English dictionary
- She had changed from her khaki uniform to a more casual blue slacks, white pullover sweater and blue shoes, pearl earrings and a pearl necklace.
- In fact, the only piece of jewelry that she wore was a pearl necklace, matching pearl earrings, and a gold wedding ring encasing a ruby.
- Her matching pearl earrings and necklace elegantly decorated her.
- Do you want natural, cultured, or imitation pearls?
- He experimented with the artificial culture of pearls, by inserting grit to act as a nucleus around which the new pearl would form.
- The set created by William II is comprised of a sword, an orb, a scepter and crown - all of silver gilt and set with imitation stones and pearls.
- Ditch the summer's clunky ethnic beads for lady-like pearls, vintage jewellery, an old-fashioned handbag, leather gloves and a flash of stocking.
- Jewellery, including pearls and tiaras, is available for hire or purchase.
- Also on display are stringed natural pearls and chains with lockets that have American diamonds laid on silver plated with gold.
- Suddenly the fleece jacket on your arm, well used in colder climes, weighs heavy and pearls of sweat appear on your brow.
- He closed his eyes; a pearl of sweat ran down his face.
- The way it would warm cold and clammy skin, or make a pearl of sweat roll down my face.
- Call it what you will - lily white, creamy white, porcelain or pearl - I am still ghostly pale.
- Fashion critics adore her dresses in hand-dyed shades of pearl, frost, teal, grey and chocolate, worn over silk slip dresses.
- Its hues were of white, pearl, and alabaster, and it shone with pristine care and impeccable architecture.
- Those who attended his classes at the University of California in the mid-1960s were lucky enough to pick up a few pearls of wisdom, and we do have some revealing interviews and articles.
- School children tag along beside us, as we examine architectural jewels, eager to soak up our guide's pearls of wisdom.
- But with his well-documented habit of pausing for 30 seconds or so while considering the question, you do begin to wonder if he revels in cultivating an air of expectancy for his pearls of wisdom.
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- The perfect pear drop of a tear pearled at the side of his face.
- A hiccup broke his voice as tears pearled at the rim of his eyes.
- Blood pearled around the shaft of the arrow, bright red, and swelled there like a parasite until it crept down her cheek.
- Aside from Dubai City, a trading center which was then by far the largest town, they subsisted primarily on date production, fishing, pearling, and, for some centuries, piracy.
- As soon as he realized the value that foreigners placed on pearls, he reserved pearling in Pearl Harbor for himself and employed commoners to dive.
- Not so long ago trochus shelling, along with pearling and the taking of the sea cucumber were important fishery industries along the Great Barrier Reef and to the north and west of Australia.
Pearl is from Old French perle and may be based on Latin perna ‘leg’, extended to mean a leg-of-mutton-shaped water mussel (mentioned by Pliny). The Romans greatly prized fresh-water pearls, Britain's reputation as a good source of pearls being one of the motives behind their invasion. Matthew 7:6 has provided a common idiomatic expression: ‘Neither cast ye your pearls before swine’. In Romance languages the usual word for pearl comes via Latin, from Greek margeron, possibly from some Eastern language. The word became marguerite in French, which was also used for a variety of daisy-like flowers, because they are pearly white. The word was adopted into English in the early 17th century. This is also the source of the name Margaret.
cast pearls before swine
- Offer valuable things to people who do not appreciate them.[With biblical allusion to Matt. 7:6]Example sentences
- Oh, but even as I write I can't shake the feeling that I'm casting pearls before swine; that you don't believe a word of this, that you remain suspicious of my motives.
- As a general rule, I advise against casting pearls before swine.
- It was a true case of casting pearls before swine.
- Example sentences
- As can be seen in the pictures there where some real pearlers here.
- The last quarter proved to be an absolute pearler.
- We did, and on a day forecast as spoilt by scattered showers and cloud we were rewarded with an absolute pearler.