2017-10-05 / Editorial

Phrase of the week

Beyond a shadow of a doubt: Meaning absolutely true or without any possibility of negation, when this saying first appeared is hard to pin down. “Without doubt” dates to the early 16th century. The “shadow” in this sense refers to the word’s usage as a dim vestige or remnant of something. Thus the “shadow” should not be taken literally, but more in the sense of it meaning a tiny hint.

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