Saying of the week

 

Open book and pages flying into skies

 

Definition: A person’s only vulnerable spot: a serious or fatal weakness

Origin: From Greek mythology – the nymph Thetis dipped her infant son Achilles into the River Styx to make him immortal. The heel by which she held him, however, was not touched by the water and he was killed in battle by an arrow wound to that heel.

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Source: Oxford Dictionary of Idioms 2000

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Saying of the week

Open book and pages flying into skies

Meaning: The mole, the conspirator, the cause of a person’s downfall

Derived from: The death of King William III was caused by complications when he fell from his horse. The horse had stumbled over a molehill which had led to King William’s fall. Thus the mole became the cause of King William’s downfall.

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Source: Oxford Dictionary of Idioms 2000

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