a general massacre of the French in Sicily by the local population, begun at the sound of the vesper bell on Easter Monday, 1282.
(functioning as sing) a revolt in 1282 against French rule in Sicily, in which the ringing of the vesper bells on Easter Monday served as the signal to massacre and drive out the French
[sis-uh-leez] /ˈsɪs ə liz/ noun 1. Two Sicilies.
noun 1. an island in the Mediterranean, constituting a region of Italy, and separated from the SW tip of the mainland by the Strait of Messina: largest island in the Mediterranean. 9924 sq. mi. (25,705 sq. km). Capital: Palermo. noun 1. the largest island in the Mediterranean, separated from the tip of SW Italy by […]
- Sick as a dog
Very ill, especially from a stomach malady. For example, I don’t know what was in that stew but I was sick as a dog all night. This simile was first recorded in 1705. Why a dog should be viewed as particularly sick remains unclear.
- Sick at heart
Grieving, very disappointed, dejected, as in We were sick at heart when we learned of her predicament. This idiom, which transfers heart disease to unhappiness, was first recorded in 1581.