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  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Pearling pėrl′ing lace made of silk or other kind of thread
    • Pearling Also Pearl′in
    • n Pearling pėrl′ing the process of removing the outer coat of grain.
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The Cock and the Pearl The Cock and the Pearl


  • John Balguy
    John Balguy
    “Contentment is a pearl of great price, and whoever procures it at the expense of ten thousand desires makes a wise and a happy purchase.”
  • Ronald Reagan
    “We're in greater danger today than we were the day after Pearl Harbor. Our military is absolutely incapable of defending this country.”
  • George D. Prentice
    George D. Prentice
    “A word of kindness is seldom spoken in vain, while witty sayings are as easily lost as the pearls slipping from a broken string.”
  • Honore De Balzac
    “In diving to the bottom of pleasure we bring up more gravel than pearls.”
  • John Dryden
    “He who would search for pearls must dive below.”
  • Doris Lessing
    “Pearls mean tears.”


Cast pearls before swine - If you cast pearls before swine, you offer something of value to someone who doesn't appreciate it- 'swine' are 'pigs'.
Throw pearls to the pigs - Someone that throws pearls to pigs is giving someone else something they don't deserve or appreciate. ('Throw pearls before pigs' and 'Cast pearls before swine' are also used.)


In literature:

A woman like that would be some protection to a man, Pearl.
"The Best Short Stories of 1919" by Various
From there are obtained some of the finest pearls to be found, and also many tons of mother-of-pearl shells.
"Wealth of the World's Waste Places and Oceania" by Jewett Castello Gilson
Her betrothal ring is of exquisite pearls.
"Floyd Grandon's Honor" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
It is not to be doubted that rich stores of pearls were found.
"Stories Of Georgia" by Joel Chandler Harris
A month later Rime worked his way in a pearling schooner to the island where his granddaughter lived, and claimed her.
"Rodman The Boatsteerer And Other Stories" by Louis Becke
He was fond of exquisite armour, gorgeous raiment, lace, embroideries, furs, diamonds, and great pearls.
"Sir Walter Ralegh" by William Stebbing
A diadem of pearls is wreathed around his hair, which is arranged in symmetrical rolls.
"The Temptation of St. Antony" by Gustave Flaubert
She wore a triple string of pearls.
"Black Oxen" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
Go and pick up every one of the pearls, for they must all be found.
"Fairy Tales of the Slav Peasants and Herdsmen" by Alexander Chodsko
He had no malice or ill feeling towards Pearl, and all he wanted was to conceal the sad act of the young man.
"All Adrift" by Oliver Optic

In poetry:

Sow and sow yet even beyond the border,
Sow like the stars and also sow like the waves.
Don't worry if birds plunder all your seeds,
Tomorrow God will in their place sow you pearls.
"The Sowing" by Daniel Varoujan
Once in the lingering light,
Thrown from the west on the Sea,
Laid you your garments aside,
Slender and goldenly bright,
Glimmered your beauty, set free,
Bright as a pearl in the tide.
"Palm Trees" by Laurence Hope
--Land with freedom's struggle sore,
Land to whom thy children cling
With a lover's love and more,
Take the gentle gift we bring!
Pearl in thy crown royal set;
Scotland's other Margaret.
"Margaret Tudor" by Francis Turner Palgrave
Let all the Heavens hear this,
and let them praise the lamb of God
with the celestial harmony,
for the throat of the Ancient Serpent
has been choked with these pearls
made of the word of God.
"O Ecclesia" by Hildegard von Bingen
I try this little leap,
Wishing that from the deep,
I might some pearl of song adventurous bring.
Despairing, here I stop,
And my poor offering drop,--
Why stammer I when thou art here to sing?
"Tribute To Oliver Wendell Holmes" by Julia Ward Howe
The dew-drops of morn,--the crystal so bright,--
The planets which gild the dark face of night,--
The lustre of pearl,--or the diamond's rich glare,
Can ne'er with the tear of affection compare.
"The Tears Of Affection" by Elizabeth Beverley

In news:

Born May 7, 1927, in Carrollton, she was a daughter of the late Vern E and Pearl E (Baxter) Cassidy.
Butterfly fans should head down to the Twig Bookstore at the Pearl this Wednesday for a reading and booksigning by butterfly evangelist and author, Robert Michael Pyle.
Pearl Jam are offering up a "instant classic" bootleg copy of the 2012 Missoula performance.
Calla June Gabriel, 96, passed away Tuesday, Oct 30 at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Pearl and John Bloom, Hilton, where she had resided for 3 years.
TheaterWorks, in downtown Hartford at 233 Pearl St, is looking for a new producing artistic director.
50- carat pearl sells for record $11.8M.
1048 Pearl St, Suite 1, Boulder.
Whenever I saw the Pig & Block Charcuterie at the Old South Pearl Street Farmers Markets, I'd stop by for a sample and, sometimes, purchase a selection of salumi.
Born Jan 3, 1919, in Bergholz, she was a daughter of the late Harold and Hattie Pearl Anderson Carson.
Pagliacci's, then Ciao , now Pearl Street Public House.
Planning commissioners set October work session to review urban code options for Pearl District.
A fine legal point has paved the way for planning commissioners to reconsider an earlier 6-3 vote against new regulations for the Pearl District.
Two years ago, Anthony Duron, an innocent bystander, was killed at Pearl nightclub.
In the case of Jordan Baron and Russ Williamson, it was a convenient coincidence between a Pearl Django concert, an Alaskan's open mic night, and a cameo by two of my good friends, Brandon Howard and Chelsie Harris.
In October, Pearl was struck by a wayward truck whose motorist sped through the park.

In science:

The use of structural equations as a model for causal relationships is standard in the social sciences, and seems to go back to the work of Sewall Wright in the 1920s (see [Goldberger 1972] for a discussion); the particular framework that we use here is due to Pearl [1995], and is further developed in [Pearl 2000].
Causes and Explanations: A Structural-Model Approach. Part II: Explanations
In particular, it is shown to avoid a number of problems that have been identified with Lewis’s account (e.g., see [Pearl 2000, Chapter 10]), such as commitment to transitivity of causes.
Causes and Explanations: A Structural-Model Approach. Part II: Explanations
To remedy this problem, more intricate combinations of the quantities Pr( ~X = ~x), Pr− (ϕ| ~X = ~x), and Pr− (ϕ) have been suggested to quantify the causal relevance of ~X = ~x on ϕ but, as argued by Pearl [2000, p. 221], without taking causality into account, no such combination of parameters can work.
Causes and Explanations: A Structural-Model Approach. Part II: Explanations
Pearle P. ”Open Systems and Measurement in Relativistic Quantum Theory,” F.
Quantum Formalism: Brief Epistemological Considerations
Extending Wertheim’s perturbation theory to the solid phase: The freezing of the pearl-necklace model. J.
Computers and Liquid State Statistical Mechanics