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 Win’trith.Wings of Azrael (The). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Wing, Wings.
 
Wing of a house, wing of an army, wing of a battalion or squadron, etc., are the side-pieces which start from the main body, as the wings of birds.   1
   Don’t try to fly without wings. Attempt nothing you are not fit for. A French proverb.   2
   On the wing. Au vol, about to leave.   3
   To clip one’s wings. To take down one’s conceit; to hamper one’s action. In French, Rogner les ailes [à quelqu’un].   4
   To lend wings. To spur one’s speed.   5
       
“This sound of danger lent me wings.”
       
R. L. Stevenson.
   To take one under your wing. To patronise and protect. The allusion is to a hen gathering her chicks under her wing.   6
   To take wing. To fly away; to depart without warning. (French, s’envoler.)   7
 


 Win’trith.Wings of Azrael (The). 

 
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