E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
in Classic mythology. One of the Three Fates. She presided over birth, and drew from her distaff the thread of life, Atropos presided over death and cut the thread of-life, and Lachesis spun the fate of life between birth and death. (Greek, klótho, to draw thread from a distaff.)
A France slashed asunder with Clotho-scissors and civil warCarlyle. (This is an erroneous allusion. It was Atropos who cut the thread.)