To be on short commons
Commons Com"mons, n. pl., 1. The mass of the people, as distinguished from the titled classes or nobility; the commonalty; the common people. [Eng.] [1913 Webster]

'T is like the commons, rude unpolished hinds, Could send such message to their sovereign. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The word commons in its present ordinary signification comprises all the people who are under the rank of peers. --Blackstone. [1913 Webster]

2. The House of Commons, or lower house of the British Parliament, consisting of representatives elected by the qualified voters of counties, boroughs, and universities. [1913 Webster]

It is agreed that the Commons were no part of the great council till some ages after the Conquest. --Hume. [1913 Webster]

3. Provisions; food; fare, -- as that provided at a common table in colleges and universities. [1913 Webster]

Their commons, though but coarse, were nothing scant. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

4. A club or association for boarding at a common table, as in a college, the members sharing the expenses equally; as, to board in commons. [1913 Webster]

5. A common; public pasture ground. [1913 Webster]

To shake his ears, and graze in commons. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{Doctors' Commons}, a place near St. Paul's Churchyard in London where the doctors of civil law used to common together, and where were the ecclesiastical and admiralty courts and offices having jurisdiction of marriage licenses, divorces, registration of wills, etc.

{To be on short commons}, to have a small allowance of food. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? — For other uses, see Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (disambiguation). For the original UK version, see Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? (UK game show). Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Latest Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (UK) Logo (2010) …   Wikipedia

  • Not to be Reproduced — (La reproduction interdite) Artist René Magritte Year 1937 Type Oil on canvas Dimensions 81.3 cm × 65 cm (32.0 in × 26  …   Wikipedia

  • Commons — Com mons, n. pl., 1. The mass of the people, as distinguished from the titled classes or nobility; the commonalty; the common people. [Eng.] [1913 Webster] T is like the commons, rude unpolished hinds, Could send such message to their sovereign.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Short-tailed Pygmy Tyrant — Conservation status Least Concern (IUCN 3.1) Scientific classification …   Wikipedia

  • On the Origin of the "Influencing Machine" in Schizophrenia — is a highly influential article written by psychoanalyst Viktor Tausk. It was first published in 1919 in the journal Internationale Zeitschrift für Psychoanalyse and then, after translation into English by Dorian Feigenbaum, in the Psychoanalytic …   Wikipedia

  • Short (finance) — Schematic representation of short selling in two steps. The short seller borrows shares and immediately sells them. He then waits, hoping for the stock price to decrease, when the seller can profit by purchasing the shares to return to the lender …   Wikipedia

  • short — adj., adv., n., & v. adj. 1 a measuring little; not long from end to end (a short distance). b not long in duration; brief (a short time ago; had a short life). c seeming less than the stated amount (a few short years of happiness). 2 of small… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Short-tailed Pygmy-tyrant — Taxobox name = Short tailed Pygmy Tyrant status = LC | status system = IUCN3.1 regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Aves ordo = Passeriformes familia = Tyrannidae genus = Myiornis species = M. ecaudatus binomial = Myiornis ecaudatus… …   Wikipedia

  • Short title — The short title is the formal name by which a piece of primary legislation is usually referred to in the United Kingdom and other Westminster influenced jurisdictions (such as Canada or Australia). It contrasts with the long title which, while… …   Wikipedia

  • To give order — Order Or der, n. [OE. ordre, F. ordre, fr. L. ordo, ordinis. Cf. {Ordain}, {Ordinal}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Regular arrangement; any methodical or established succession or harmonious relation; method; system; as: (a) Of material things, like the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”