Reference > Brewer’s Dictionary > Field. (Anglo-Saxon, feld.)

 Fides Carbona’rii.Field-day. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Field. (Anglo-Saxon, feld.)
In agricultural parlance, a field is a portion of land belonging to a farm.   1
   In huntsman’s language, it means all the riders.   2
   In heraldry, it means the entire surface of the shield.   3
   In military language, it means a battle; the place where a battle is fought, or is about to be fought; a campaign.   4
   In sportsmen’s language it means all the horses of any one race.   5
   Against the field. In horse-racing, to bet against the field means to back a particular horse against all the rest entered for the race.   6
   In the field. A competitor for a prize. A term in horse-races, as, so-and-so was in the field. Also in war, as, the French were in the field already.   7
   Master of the field. In military parlance, means the conqueror in a battle.   8
   To keep back the field, is to keep back the riders.   9
   To take the field. To move the army preparatory to battle.   10
   To win the field. To win the battle.   11

 Fides Carbona’rii.Field-day. 


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