four-and-twenty

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four-and-twenty

  1. (archaic) Twenty-four. (24)
    • Douay-Rheims Bible. 1 Chronicals Ch.27 v.2
      Over the first company the first month Jesboam, the son of Zabdiel was chief, and under him were four and twenty thousand.
    • 1744, Sing a Song of Sixpence, in Tommy Thumb’s Pretty Song Book (earliest known written version)
      Sing a Song of Sixpence, / A bag full of Rye, / Four and twenty Naughty Boys,/ Baked in a Pye.
    • Monday June 20, 2005, The Guardian newspaper
      Jamba has removed from Marlowe's Doctor Faustus all but the barest of essentials - even half its title, leaving us with an 80-minute hurtle through Faustus's four and twenty borrowed years on earth.