St. Luke's summer

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From St Luke + summer.

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St. Luke's summer (uncountable)

  1. A short period of warm weather around St Luke's Day (18 October); an Indian summer (also figuratively).
    • 1904, ‘Saki’, "Reginald's Rubaiyat", Reginald:
      to me there was something infinitely pathetic and appealing in the idea of the egg having a sort of St. Luke's summer of commercial usefulness.
    • 1934, Sir William Beech Thomas, The Yeoman's England:
      Almost every virtue of every season is contracted into the little span of St. Luke's summer, the very vintage of the year's juices.

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