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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 back yard.
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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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cried the Miller; 'I really don't know what is the use of sending you to school.
said the Miller's Wife, pouring herself out a large glass of warm ale; 'really I feel quite drowsy.
"And who art thou, good friend?" said the Miller, throwing the great sack of meal from his shoulder to the ground, "and who are those with thee?"
"I give you all thanks," said the Miller, "but my bag is none that heavy that I cannot carry it e'en by myself."
In his slow and pondering way, Skiff Miller looked at him, then asked, with a nod of his head toward Madge:
"I can do it with whistles", Skiff Miller said proudly.
"Yes," said Miss Miller without examining this analogy; "it always made me wish I was here.
And yet was he to accuse Miss Daisy Miller of actual or potential inconduite, as they said at Geneva?
'Miller ought to have trumped the diamond, oughtn't he, Sir?' said the old lady.
Another game, with a similar result, was followed by a revoke from the unlucky Miller; on which the fat gentleman burst into a state of high personal excitement which lasted until the conclusion of the game, when he retired into a corner, and remained perfectly mute for one hour and twenty-seven minutes; at the end of which time he emerged from his retirement, and offered Mr.
They then returned to the parlour, where Nightingale expressed much concern at the dreadful situation of these wretches, whom indeed he knew; for he had seen them more than once at Mrs Miller's.
The meal over, prayers were read by Miss Miller, and the classes filed off, two and two, upstairs.
Less obstinate, and even less dangerous combats, have been described in good heroic verse; but that of Gurth and the Miller must remain unsung, for want of a sacred poet to do justice to its eventful progress.
So the boy throve and grew big, and in the meantime all prospered with the miller, and in a few years he was richer than he had ever been before.
Miller called the partners together and threw up his share in the company, declaring his intention of joining the party of trappers.