very timid and fearful, as in richard constantly worries about security; he’s afraid of his own shadow. this hyperbole has been used in english since the early 1500s, and some writers believe it originated in ancient greece.
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a powerful evil demon or monster. historical examples look upon him as an afreet to be exorcised with a cross of red-hot iron. william sharp (fiona macleod) elizabeth a. sharp and the moor’s face was white, and his features trembled, as though he had seen an afreet, but my face was as a deep well. […]
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. historical examples what all that afric’s golden rivers roll, her odorous woods, and shining ivory stores? harper’s magazine, vol iii, june 1851 various here, too, might be seen the swarthy saracen, with wares from spain and afric 34. harold, complete edward bulwer-lytton androcles returned at rome the civilities which he had received from him […]