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dusty miller

Any of several low-growing plants that have fuzzy stems and leaves. I think I've got a dusty miller growing in my backyard.
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Miller of Dee

A person who lives alone or independently from others, usually for selfish reasons. Originates from the English folk song Miller of Dee. Primarily heard in UK. Dan was quickly labeled the miller of Dee because of his carefree, bachelor lifestyle.
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Hans,' said the Miller, 'I will give you my wheelbarrow.
It is not a very big plank,' said the Miller, looking at it, 'and I am afraid that after I have mended my barn-roof there won't be any left for you to mend the wheelbarrow with; but, of course, that is not my fault.
Well, really,' answered the Miller, 'as I have given you my wheelbarrow, I don't think that it is much to ask you for a few flowers.
cried the Miller, falling upon his knees, "spoil not all my good meal
Then slowly the Miller arose to his feet, and slowly and unwillingly he untied the mouth of the bag, and slowly thrust his hands into the meal and began fumbling about with his arms buried to the elbows in the barley flour.
But while he pretended to be searching for the money, the Miller gathered two great handfuls of meal.
But it's all-fired hot in summer, beggin' your pardon," Skiff Miller laughed.
Yes, plenty of work," Miller blurted out impatiently.
And Miss Miller pointed again at the Chateau de Chillon.
Miss Miller looked at him a moment, and then, very placidly, "I wish YOU would stay with him
I was too tired even to dream; I only once awoke to hear the wind rave in furious gusts, and the rain fall in torrents, and to be sensible that Miss Miller had taken her place by my side.
A great tumult succeeded for some minutes, during which Miss Miller repeatedly exclaimed, "Silence
The Miller pressed furiously forward, dealing blows with either end of his weapon alternately, and striving to come to half-staff distance, while Gurth defended himself against the attack, keeping his hands about a yard asunder, and covering himself by shifting his weapon with great celerity, so as to protect his head and body.
The Saxon hath saved both his purse and his hide, and the Miller has met his match.
Miller set out with his companions, under guidance of the two Snakes, on the 10th of October; and much did it grieve the friends of that gentleman to see him thus wantonly casting himself loose upon savage life.