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lay on, Macduff

Go ahead and give it your best shot. Macduff, a character in Shakespeare's Macbeth, correctly suspected Macbeth of murdering King Duncan. After Macbeth murders Macduff's family, Macduff leads an army against Macbeth. Their final confrontation includes Macbeth's challenging line: “Lay on, Macduff; / And damned be him that first cries, ‘Hold, enough!'” People who wanted to show off their erudition and wit simultaneously used the phrase in any “Go ahead!” context until it became through overuse a very tired cliche´ to which the best response is “Who's Leon Macduff?”
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Grief, gnawing at his heart, had not sagged his ample waistcoat, which preceded him as he moved in much the same manner as Birnam Woods preceded the army of Macduff.
Lead on, Macduff," said Good solemnly, trying to look as though he was not at all alarmed, as indeed we all did except Foulata, who caught Good by the arm for protection.
To such we may parody the tender exclamation of Macduff, "Alas
Dear Rhoda McMull will disengage the whole of the Castletoddy property as soon as poor dear Lord Castletoddy dies, who is quite epileptic; and little Macduff McMull will be Viscount Castletoddy.
The star, of Macduff, Banffshire, will join Madness frontman Suggs and other stars for Busking Cancer, in aid of charity Cancer Research.
And engineers from telecoms company Thus plc were stunned to find a stretch of fibre optic cable running between Elgin and Macduff had been eaten.
His ambition aflame with excitement, he murders the present King Duncan, and then goes on a killing spree in which all his rivals are obliterated, including Lady Macduff and her children.
Amber, of Macduff, Banffshire, was playing with pals Daniel Cheatem and brothers Ross and Finlay Morrison.
Euan Beaton's Macduff Shellfish plant in Mintlaw, Aberdeenshire, was destroyed on Saturday, March 12.
The singer, left, from Macduff, Aberdeenshire, belted out hits from her 2006 album Smile.
Stretch has been a popular attraction at Macduff Marine Aquarium in Moray for years.
The singer, from Macduff, has been dating Jake for two years since they met making her first album.
He was rescued by local cruise boat the Puffin, which operates from nearby Macduff.
James Leslie, 51, from Macduff, Banffshire, was also put on the sex offenders register at the High Court in Inverness after he admitted a catalogue of offences.
Machine operator Watt tore through the streets of Macduff, Banffshire, doing up to 80mph.