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Re: Irish phrase

Posted by Graham Cambray on February 23, 2009 at 11:52

In Reply to: Irish phrase posted by David on February 23, 2009 at 10:12:

: There is a phrase, I believe, that has to do with a river or county in Ireland. It was a boundary that separated the English. I think the phrase expresses the idea of the approach to or dangerous crossing of a boundary.

: Does this ring a bell with anyone? What is the phrase, and its origin?

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I would guess the phrase is "beyond the pale", in which case Gary Martin has made a formal entry at http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/64100.html (or just search on this site). (GC)