In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
- Overseas they have a mixture of cobras, vipers, asps and snake types that we don't have here, that produce quite different effects.
- Stretched out seductively on her cushion at Wolf's right elbow, she resembled an asp in greenery.
- Soon after Shirley Temple committed suicide by stinging herself with an asp's venom and her sadness was mirrored by thousands across the world.
- Thus animals could be seen as the embodiments of evil, like the asp of Macarius of Alexandria.
- The story of the asp, and of the suicide note, not only proclaimed Octavian's innocence: it gilded him with honour.
- You try not to be seen, yet you snap out unexpectedly like a hidden asp.
- If you were rotten, you might be a vole or an asp or a dung beetle.
- Surely the worst asps in this world are the ones one has clasped to the bosom.
- Have we, as a Nation, in our liberality, clasped an asp to our collective bosom.
- But, he mused: ‘I feel that I may be taking an asp to my bosom.’
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