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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
O’yer and Ter’miner (Courts of)
are general gaol deliveries, held twice a year in every county. Oyer is French for to heari.e. hear in court or try; and terminer is French for to conclude. The words mean that the commissioners appointed are to hear and bring to an end all the cases in the county.   1



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