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 Thousand Years as One Day (A).Thread. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
A slave; bondage; wittily derived from drill, in allusion to the custom of drilling the ear of a slave in token of servitude, a custom common to the Jews. (Deut. xv. 17.) Our Saxon forefathers used to pierce at the church-door the ears of their bond-slaves. (Anglo-Saxon, thrael, slave or bondman.)   1

 Thousand Years as One Day (A).Thread. 


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