ordeal by fire


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ordeal by fire

noble accused of crime holds red-hot iron or walks blindfolded and barefoot over red-hot plowshares to prove his innocence. [Br. Hist.: Brewer Handbook, 779]
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But Rahul would know from this ordeal by fire what he is really up against if he is hoping to give a serious shot at prime ministership in 2019.
She must have been reading Ian's stars by mistake because his ordeal by fire isn't over yet.
Only then will we come to know the North as we do the South and discover the full meaning of America's ordeal by fire.
An extremely scholarly analysis of the phenomenon, featuring a wealth of case studies and examples, Bedouin Bisha'h Justice: Ordeal by Fire is a thoughtful and utterly invaluable contribution to anthropology and Middle Eastern Studies shelves.
Not surprisingly, the members of the group all emerge stronger for their ordeal by fire, though in relatively nuanced ways.
The ordeal by fire that my medium of porcelain undergoes is the most extreme of all types of pottery, since the fabric of the clay itself (as well as the glaze) melts, so any weakness in the form is exposed and will cause it to collapse.
The siren's ululation, preluding the 71st major air raid of London's nine months' ordeal by fire, sounded at 10.
GORDON STRACHAN will face his first ordeal by fire as Celtic's new manager a mere three weeks into the season.
A climactic scene occurs when Marnie is arrested as a witch and to escape certain death she agrees to a witch trial in which she undergoes an ordeal by fire.
The game was rubbish but credit to an honourable man for surviving his ordeal by fire without getting his fingers burned.