valley of death

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valley of death

A grim place where death is or seems imminent. It appears in the Alfred, Lord Tennyson poem "The Charge of the Light Brigade" and is likely a shortened version of the Biblical phrase "valley of the shadow of death." Walking through that old, bombed-out neighborhood, Sam felt like he was in the valley of death. I would never be able to march into the valley of death like soldiers do.
See also: death, of, valley
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This indeed was the valley of death. He felt the depressing influence of the horrible place setting down upon him; but he staggered to his feet, shaking himself like a great lion, for was he not still Tarzan, mighty Tarzan of the Apes?
And so at last he came through the hills out of the valley of death into a land of park-like beauty, rich in game.
It is the Valley of Fear, the Valley of Death. The terror is in the hearts of the people from the dusk to the dawn.
That band is what is called the Valley of Death, and yes, it is very annoying and can be scary the first few times you experience it.
Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen said Kerio Valley has always been referred to as the valley of death, but with the new deal, the region will enjoy peace and unity.
It is probably apt that this phrase coined from Tennyson's Charge of the Light Brigade should come to pass in Mr Johnson's speech as his tenure as Prime Minister could lead the entire country into the valley of death.
Which is an apt phrase as Tennyson coined it to recount Britain's most futile military operation: the Charge of The Light Brigade into the Valley of Death.
Montoya explained that clinical trials involve thousands of patients and are followed up across time, therefore making it resource-intensive, and this is where the valley of death comes in.
He told me: "We've already been into the Valley of Death once and not all of us came back.
For many, the way to overseas jobs is a road to Golgotha, and also an escape from the valley of death back home.
A Shau Valor: American Combat Operations in the Valley of Death, 1963-1971.
| December 9 HALF a league, half a league, half a league onward into the valley of death rode the six hundred Alfred Lord Tennyson's famous poem published this day in 1854, in memory of those who gave their lives at the ill-fated Charge of the Light Brigade, during the Crimean War.
Half a league, half a league, Half a league onward, All in the valley of Death Rode the six hundred.
Among other terms are the Bayh-Dole effect, commercial readiness index, exogenous variable, the Henderson-Clark model, investment in knowledge, Luddite, non-linear innovation models, pre-venture capital, research and development park, start-up capital, and the valley of death. ([umlaut] Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR)