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 Stupid Boy.Styg’ian (3 syl.). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Sty or Stye.
 
Christ styed up to heaven. Halliwell gives sty = a ladder, and the verb would be to go to heaven, as it were, by Jacob’s ladder. The Anglo-Saxon verb stigan means to ascend.   1
       
“The beast …
Thought with his winges to stye above the ground.”
       
Spenser: Faërie Queene, bk. i. canto xi. 25.
 


 Stupid Boy.Styg’ian (3 syl.). 

 
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