Brown bill

Definitions

  • Bill Brown as a Farmer
    Bill Brown as a Farmer
  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Brown bill A bill or halberd of the 16th and 17th centuries. See 4th Bill.☞ The black, or as it is sometimes called, the brown bill, was a kind of halberd, the cutting part hooked like a woodman's bill, from the back of which projected a spike, and another from the head. "Many time, but for a sallet, my brainpan had been cleft with a brown bill ."
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Brown, + bill, cutting tool

Usage

In literature:

He was much smaller than Bill, slight and thin, with a brown face and very twinkling dark eyes.
"Black, White and Gray" by Amy Walton
In order to effect the transformation of the brown female, it is only necessary to redden her bill.
"Birds of the Indian Hills" by Douglas Dewar
I did so, and billed it on a piece of brown paper, calling to mind my jewelry experience of years before.
"Twenty Years of Hus'ling" by J. P. Johnston
He would leave the finest country flirt that ever winked a wink to sell a bill of brown sugar on sixty days' time.
"Peck's Sunshine Being a Collection of Articles Written for Peck's Sun, Milwaukee, Wis. - 1882" by George W. Peck
They call me Bill Brown, generally forgetting the Brown, even here at school, where 'most everyone gets his last name.
"Radio Boys Loyalty" by Wayne Whipple
Old Bill Blunt was forward, making the decks rattle with his lusty roar as he drove the little brown sailors to their jobs of preparing for sea.
"Gold Out of Celebes" by Aylward Edward Dingle
Bill raised a strong, lean, brown hand in a forcible gesture.
"The Boy Scouts Book of Campfire Stories" by Various
Mr. Brown, you have my authority for accepting that bill in the name of the Firm.
"The Struggles of Brown, Jones, and Robinson" by Anthony Trollope
Roast them of a very nice brown; and when done, put a small sprig of myrtle into the bill of each.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
Its bill, too, was more brown than yellow, and the orange streaks round the eyes were of a greenish hue.
"What the Blackbird said" by Mrs. Frederick Locker
The late Mr. Browning, a leading member of that convention, drafted a drainage bill which was enacted into a law without change.
"Prairie Farmer, Vol. 56: No. 4, January 26, 1884" by Various
Mr. Brown then introduced a bill conferring this right.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume VI" by Various
Jim paused before Bill and spat out a brown fluid.
"The Preacher of Cedar Mountain" by Ernest Thompson Seton
Ah, Brown 's paying his bill at last.
"Checkers" by Henry M. Blossom
Letter from the Secretary of State with draft of a bill to empower Admiral George Brown, Capt.
"United States Government Publications, v. 8 Jan-Jun 1892" by Compiled
It was my watch one night with Sam Brown, Bill Smith, and a couple more.
"Midnight Webs" by George Manville Fenn
Captain Brown gives an illustration which shows that the Heron's bill may be as effective in other cases.
"Natural History in Anecdote" by Various
Similar to 274 but larger, bill yellow at base, black or brown bands wider.
"Color Key to North American Birds" by Frank M. Chapman
Caught a momentary glance of one as it rested on the tree, and noticed shades of brown and pink and the peculiar bill.
"In a Cheshire Garden" by Geoffrey Egerton-Warburton
Ain't afraid the Boss'll claim what ain't his, are you, Bill Brown?
"Langford of the Three Bars" by Kate Boyles
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In news:

Scott Brown upsets Glenn Beck, Michelle Malkin , as Senate passes Jobs Bill.
Brown strikes a middle ground on bill signings.
Jerry Brown of California dropped the ball on Sunday when he vetoed the Trust Act, a bill aimed at keeping harmless immigrants out of the deportation dragnet — not out of misguided compassion, but to bolster public safety.
Jerry Brown has signed a package of bills designed to modernize California's election and campaign finance laws, including allowing voters to register on Election Day.
Brown signs Inland Empire lawmaker's anti-blight bill.
Brown's final bill decisions defy neat definitions.
That said … why was Senator Brown unable to pass an "Irish Visa" Bill that would have helped the Irish in his state.
Ellis County Sheriff Johnny Brown swears in Bill Goodwin as a part-time Deputy with the Transport Division.
Brown Signs, Vetoes Health Care Reform Bills.
Several former mayors, including Bill White, Lee Brown, Bob Lanier, Kathryn Whitmire and Fred Hofheinz were in attendance.
Kirsten Smith, Ken Becker, Kyle Lawrence-- outgoing SEED board member, Arthur Maberry, Billy Whisenant, Bill Johnson & Eddie Brown (Photo by Melissa Winslow).
Brown/Getty Images Buck Owens , Merle Haggard, Bill Woods, Fuzzy Owen and Bonnie Owens .
He is survived by his three daughters, Sandra (Walter) Ebling of Bloomfield Hills, Karen (Bill) Brown of Springfield, Va. And Sonja Kropff of Hobe Sound, Fla.
AP PHOTO Democratic candidate Elizabeth Warren challenged US Sen Scott Brown on his votes in opposition to three jobs bills during Monday night's Lowell debate.
Buffalo Bills safety George Wilson celebrates with Bills fans after a 24-14 win over the Cleveland Browns in an NFL football game Sunday.
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