Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
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“Across the road and the two inevitable ditches was a kind of lych gate, I do not know what other name to give it, a covered gateway and benches, where the family who lived behind the inclosure could take the air, and, incidentally, a bit of gossip, if they had any congenial neighbors.”
“A document appears in a plastic sleeve pinned to the wooden stump that once supported a lych-gate.”
“Cameron could go in any direction, or none, because he cannot show he has any core values - despite all those family photos at lych gates.”
“But Dal-gliesh, when he arrived alone, had been surprised to see Julius's Mercedes parked opposite the lych gate beside the Toynton Grange bus.”
“The funeral was of a popular local man who lived just beside the lych gate, knew everybody for miles around, was a church warden and parish councillor.”
“The Tudor Revival style rectory, hall 1950, and adjacent cemetery with lych-gate complete the church complex.”
“The gate was massive, with supporting towers and a sloping roof like that of a lych-gate.”
“In the deep shadow of the lych gate I cannoned off a hard body.”
““Lych” was the Old English word for corpse — hence the roofed-over lych gate outside most churches, for the temporary resting of the bier (and its bearers) on the way into the graveyard.”
“Fergus opened his mouth, brows arched skyward, then shut it again and turned without a word toward the black opening of the lych-gate, whence Jamie had disappeared.”
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