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 Single-Speech Hamilton.Sinning One’s Mercies. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Sin’ister (Latin, on the left hand).
 
According to augury, birds, etc., appearing on the left-hand side forbode ill-luck; but, on the right-hand side, good luck. Thus, corva sinistra (a crow on the left-hand) is a sign of ill-luck which belongs to English superstitions as much as to the ancient Roman or Etruscan. (Virgil: Eclogues, i. 18.)   1
       
“That raven on yon left-hand oak
(Curse on his ill-betiding croak)
Bodes me no good.”
       
Gay: Fable xxxvii.
   Sinister. (See BAR SINISTER.)   2
 


 Single-Speech Hamilton.Sinning One’s Mercies. 

 
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