affair of honour


affair of honour
   obsolete
   a duel
   From the days when insults were taken seriously:
    'There is a small open space behind the horse lines,' said he. 'We have held a few affairs of honour there.' (A. C. Doyle, 1895)

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  • affair of honour — A duel • • • Main Entry: ↑honour …   Useful english dictionary

  • honour — BE; AE spelling: honor I n. respect credit 1) to bring, do honour to (she brought honour to her family) 2) an honour to (he is an honour to his school) 3) in smb. s honour; in honour of (to give a reception in smb. s honour) distinction… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • Affair of honor — Honor Hon or ([o^]n [ e]r), n. [OE. honor, honour, onour, onur, OF. honor, onor, honur, onur, honour, onour, F. honneur, fr. L. honor, honos.] [Written also {honour}.] 1. Esteem due or paid to worth; high estimation; respect; consideration;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • honour — Honor Hon or ([o^]n [ e]r), n. [OE. honor, honour, onour, onur, OF. honor, onor, honur, onur, honour, onour, F. honneur, fr. L. honor, honos.] [Written also {honour}.] 1. Esteem due or paid to worth; high estimation; respect; consideration;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Blomberg-Fritsch Affair — The Blomberg Fritsch Affair (also known as Blomberg Fritsch Krise or Blomberg Fritsch crisis) were two related scandals in early 1938 that resulted in the subjugation of the German Armed Forces ( Wehrmacht ) to dictator Adolf Hitler. As… …   Wikipedia

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