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witch hunt

An attempt to blame and punish people who hold unpopular views and opinions, often under the guise of some other investigation. The ruling party's witch hunt against its detractors sparked a civil war.
See also: hunt, witch

*cold as a welldigger's ass (in January)

 and *cold as a welldigger's feet (in January); *cold as a witch's caress; *cold as marble; *cold as a witch's tit; *cold as a welldigger's ears (in January)
very, very cold; chilling. (Use caution with ass. *Also: as ~.) Bill: How's the weather where you are? Tom: Cold as a welldigger's ass in January. By the time I got in from the storm, I was as cold as a welldigger's feet. The car's heater broke, so it's as cold as a welldigger's ears to ride around in it. She gave me a look as cold as a witch's caress.
See also: ass, cold

witch hunt

a campaign directed against a person or group holding unorthodox or unpopular views.
The expression was inspired by the persecution in former times of people believed to be witches, often culminating in execution by burning.
See also: hunt, witch
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The Witchery is perhaps Scotland's most famous restaurant, nestled in just below the gates of Edinburgh Castle.
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Like the old myths of the flatness of the earth and the witchery of women, this mythic distinction depends more on a disabling unawareness and general acquiescence and agreement than on evidence and analysis of any serious and supportable kind.
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Performance: the Tower is Scotland's first rooftop restaurant and another smash hit from James Thomson, the country's best-known restaurateur, who created the celebrated Witchery by the castle esplanade.
I had reserved a dinner table at the award-winning Witchery, a short walk from our hotel.
Men have accused us Of witchery, they've accused us of receiving Visitations and crafting Transmutations; we are blamed For changes, the more precise the more terrifying.
Tayo learns how to be patient and to keep up with "destroyers" until "their witchery would turn, upon itself, upon them" (247).