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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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The Cobra' landed a couple of good punches as he made a good start to the fight with Abraham showing little inclination to go forward.
Froch continued to dominate, keeping out of range, and although Abraham managed to unleash a cluster of shots it was the Briton who commanded the ring, pinning his opponent to the ropes with a series of shots to the head and body.
The source added: "What is astonishing about this is not that Mr Abrahams donated more than pounds 600,000 to the party coffers.
Abrahams refused to discuss Mrs Bailey's allegations yesterday.
Mr Gold said in the statement that in all his dealings with Mr Abrahams, he had always used the name David Martin as opposed to David Abrahams.
The statement said: "The reason for this was that his late father, Bennie Abrahams, was a leading local politician and was Lord Mayor of Newcastle.
In commenting on the Chelsea building Abrahams said, "ExecuStay's presence in the Chelsea district is a bonus for long-term business travelers -- and others needing temporary lodging -- who want to be in one of city's most desirable areas during their extended New York stays.
Unfortunately, Abrahams peppers his memoir with a distracting number of personal opinions and haphazard lessons in black history.
Abrahams joined Sun to lead the Java 2 Standard Edition team, delivering J2SE 1.
I look forward to helping Blue Titan lead the market adoption of SOA infrastructure solutions," said Abrahams.
Commenting on his appointment, Abraham said, Geocapital is a phenomenal organization.
Our suppliers of semiconductors have given us no indication that there is any problem,'' says Abrahams.
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or what Abraham and Sarah do to offer rest and food.
The surgeries were the second time Abraham has gone under the knife.