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springes to catch woodcocks

Traps to ensnare fools. (The woodcock was once regarded as synonymous with foolishness or stupidity.) The phrase was perhaps most famously used in Shakespeare's Hamlet. I know you're desperate to have a boyfriend, but you're just laying springes to catch woodcocks right now by spending so much time at dive bars. You won't find the right man that way!
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There are a few researches that refer to the hydromorphological and hydrological quality of Latvian streams (Grinberga, 2010; Springe et al., 2010) but only one research was used to assess the hydro-morphological quality of Latvian rivers using the River Habitat Survey method (Briede et al., 2005).
The period time of oviposition (laring egg) is from ending of winter since ending of springe and the number of eggs is between 1 to 5 hundred.
Peterburg 1 Belarus Belovezhskaja pushha 2 Netherlands Natuurpark Lelystad 14 Germany Springe Zoo Dortmund 6 Tierpark Chemnitz Switzerland Tierpark Dahlholzly 4 Wildpark Langenberg Finland Zoo Helsinki 1 Belgium Han-Sur Lesse 1 Total 75 Table 4.
A native of silver Springe MD, her career interest includes serving the medically underserved in hospital settings.
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Consider, for instance, the opening of one of the most famous Middle English lyrics of erotic love (quoted after Hirsh 2005: 101): Bytuene Mersh ant Aueril, When spray biginneth to springe, The lutel foul hath hire wyl On hyre lud to synge.
(97) Generell werden in 1.2 einzelne Ausdrucke des Prologs aufgegriffen und aus dessen auktorialem Kontext in einen aktorialen transferiert: So wird das Adjektiv desultorius in die Wendung in pedes desilio ('ich springe <vom Rucken des Pferdes> auf meine Fube') uberfuhrt, und aus dem Versprechen: auresque tuas ...
In 1593, Simon Kellwaye, discussing the "warnings of the plague to come," wrote, Avicen a noble Physition saith, that when wee see the naturall course of the ayre, and seasons of the yeere to be altered, as when the springe time is colde clowdie, and drie, the harvest time stormie and tempestuous, the mornings and evenings, to be very colde, and at noone extreame hote, these doe foreshew the plague to come.
David Fairbairn (45), of Wheatley, Oxford; Neil Higgins (41), of Shipton-under-Wychwood, Oxfordshire; Terry Clarkin (30), of Fallingbostel, Germany, and Philip Norris (30), of Springe, Germany, each face charges of conspiring to supply ecstasy and conspiring to import it.