John-a-Stiles
Roe Richard Roe, Richard (Law) A fictious name for a party, real or fictious, to an act or proceeding. Other names were formerly similarly used, as {John-a-Nokes}, John o', or of the, Nokes, or Noakes, {John-a-Stiles}, etc. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

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  • John a-Stiles — ● John …   Useful english dictionary

  • john-a-stiles — noun or john a styles ˌjänəˈstī(ə)lz Usage: usually capitalized J&S Etymology: alteration of earlier John at Stile, from the name John + at Stile, probably from Middle English atte stile at the stile archaic : the second party to legal… …   Useful english dictionary

  • John Dodson Stiles — (January 15, 1822 ndash; October 29, 1896) was a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania.John D. Stiles was born in Town Hill, Pennsylvania. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1844 and practiced in… …   Wikipedia

  • john-a-nokes — noun or john a noakes ˌjänəˈnōks Usage: usually capitalized J&N Etymology: alteration of earlier John at Noke, from the name John + at Noke, probably from Middle English atten ok at the oak tree archaic : a party to legal proceedings whose true… …   Useful english dictionary

  • John-a-dreams — noun a man who is a daydreamer and therefore inactive [...] Yet I, / A dull and muddy mettled rascal, peak / Like John a dreams, unpregnant of my cause, / and can say nothing. Syn: John a nokes, John a stiles …   Wiktionary

  • John-a-Nokes — Roe Richard Roe, Richard (Law) A fictious name for a party, real or fictious, to an act or proceeding. Other names were formerly similarly used, as {John a Nokes}, John o , or of the, Nokes, or Noakes, {John a Stiles}, etc. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • john-a-styles — noun see john a stiles …   Useful english dictionary

  • John Doe — fictitious plaintiff in a legal action, attested from 1768 (in Blackstone). The fictitious defendant was Richard Roe. Replaced earlier John a nokes (1530s), who usually was paired with John a stiles. By 1852, John Doe was being used for any man… …   Etymology dictionary

  • john stiles — ˈstī(ə)lz noun Usage: usually capitalized J&S Etymology: alteration of john a stiles : a party to legal proceedings whose true name is unknown; especially : the third such party when three are unknown compare john doe, richard miles …   Useful english dictionary

  • John Cena — John Felix Anthony Cena Jr. John Cena lors du Tribute to the Troops 2010 Données générales Nom compl …   Wikipédia en Français

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