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 Mosa’ic WorkMosen (Spanish). 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
So called from the river Moscowa, on which it is built.   1
   The monarch of Moscow. A large bell weighing 193 tons, 21 feet high, and 21 feet in diameter.   2
   [So-and-So] was my Moscow. The turning-point of my good fortune, leading to future shoals and misery. The reference is to Napoleon’s disastrous expedition, when his star hastened to its setting.   3
“Juan was my Moscow [the ruin of my reputation].”
Byron: Don Juan, xi. 56.

 Mosa’ic WorkMosen (Spanish). 

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