lions' mouths

lions’ mouths

Venetian receptacles for denunciations, character assassinations. [Ital. Hist.: Plumb, 259–260]
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The water out of the lions' mouths turned into diamonds and pearls, and the leaping water almost touched a most beautifully-painted dome.
Her son, Clayton, 31, is the ninth generation, and the only remaining performer in the United States to put his head in lions' mouths.
And the Lord will send His angels to close the lions' mouths.
There were porcupine men, snake women, Tom Thumbs, horned ladies, piebald Indians, talking fish, dominoes-playing dogs, motor-cycling bears, basket-cases or amputees (most men do not shave holding a razor with their toes--but an armless man does), men catching cannon-balls on their stomachs, swallowing razors, swords or fire, putting their heads in lions' mouths, walking on wire, or ascending, like Harrison Donaldson, in balloons over the Niagara Falls: human prodigies and prodigious humans--all appealing, as the famous English trainer, A.
Just as an "angel" shut the lions' mouths so they could not injure Daniel, so we are encouraged to turn to God for His angel ideas which bring safety, well-being and wise guidance - wherever we are.
After a moment, he said again, quoting Daniel: "My God sent his angel and shut the lions' mouths, and they have not hurt me.