the Four Hundred


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the Four Hundred

The wealthiest and most powerful of the social elite. The phrase allegedly originated from the number of people that Caroline Schermerhorn Astor (wife of US millionaire John Jacob Astor) could fit inside her ballroom. Primarily heard in US. Thanks to my new husband, I am now part of the Four Hundred and the recipient of many jealous looks.
See also: four, hundred
References in classic literature ?
If it were so, the number of sides in a Circle would be a mere question of pedigree and arithmetic, and the four hundred and ninety-seventh descendant of an Equilateral Triangle would necessarily be a Polygon with five hundred sides.
Between these two considerations, at least, he was more than usually moved; and when he got to Randolph Crescent, he quite forgot the four hundred pounds in the inner pocket of his greatcoat, hung up the coat, with its rich freight, upon his particular pin of the hatstand; and in the very action sealed his doom.
There are four staircases leading up to the main steeple, each of which cost a hundred thousand dollars, with the four hundred and eight statues which adorn them.
As such, The Four Hundred Stanzas is one of the foundational classics of Mahayana Buddhist philosophy.
I'm trying to find more info about the Four Hundred Families, which Picano mentions, and not having much luck with a Google search.
The four hundred years covered in this volume have the richest archaeological resources that can be brought to bear, and E.
When the regime of the Four Hundred fell, he defended himself in a speech the ancient Greek historian Thucydides described as the greatest ever made by a man on trial for his life.