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in Abraham's bosom

In heaven (deceased). After a long, terrible fight with cancer, my mother is finally at peace in Abraham's bosom.
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sham Abraham

obsolete To feign mental or physical illness or distress, so as to avoid work. Used especially among seamen. "Abraham men" were a class of beggars who would roam the country pretending madness so that strangers might take pity on them and offer them alms. It came to light that the boatswain had shammed Abraham, under the pretenses of consumption or some such wasting illness, so that he might remain at shore and drink up the profits from his previous voyage. He tore off his clothes and raved like a lunatic, but I could tell by the clarity in his eye that he was shamming Abraham to avoid conscription into the local militia.
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Abraham's bosom

figurative Where the righteous go after death. The phrase alludes to Abraham, the first Biblical patriarch. I know it's a sad time, but we just have to keep in mind that Grandma is in a much better place now, at Abraham's bosom, than in the hospital.
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in Abraham's bosom

in heaven, the place of rest for the souls of the blessed. dated
The phrase is taken from Luke 16:22: ‘And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom’. In the Bible, Abraham was the Hebrew patriarch from whom all Jews traced their descent.
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Sanfelius Herangehensweise erlaubt ihr ein genaues Lesen von Abrahams Texten, das an der sorgfaltigen Freud-Lekture der franzosischen Psychoanalyse geschult ist und bewusst das Historische aussen vor lasst und den Text bzw.
The Briton lost his title to Mikkel Kessler in April, a decision Froch has constantly disputed, and tonight he was the only man in the fight with his power, variety and accurate punching foxing Abraham from the start as the Germany-based fighter showing little sense of urgency and more self-preservation.
Gordon Brown announced on Tuesday he was handing back the pounds 600,000 donation Abrahams gave to the party after admitting it was an illegal gift because it was not lawfully declared.
Mr Abrahams, then aged 46, hoped to be elected as the Labour Party candidate for Richmond, North Yorkshire, at the 1992 General Election.
THE children of Abraham have always been a scrappy bunch.
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Born in South Africa in 1919, Peter Abrahams fled to Britain to work as a journalist at age 20.
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In this paper, we shall discuss which sub-region of Mesopotamia is the true birthplace of Abraham.
Crenshaw, is the fruit of Terence Fretheim's labors over the story of Abraham for many years.