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Apr 22, 2003
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Toponyms (words derived from place names)

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Jericho
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jericho

(JER-i-ko) Pronunciation Sound Clip

noun: A place out of the way; an unspecified place; a place of concealment. Often used in the phrase "go to Jericho".

[After Jericho, an ancient city of Palestine, northwest of the Dead Sea, where David had his servants wait until their beards had grown. As in Samuel, a book of the Bible, "And the king said, Tarry at Jericho until your beards be grown."]

"The best advice as you worry whether your mail lottery envelope will end up in Jacobs Field or shipped by mistake to Jericho is to savor every anxious moment of this season."
Bud Shaw; No Tribe Season Will Match This; The Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio); Sep 21, 1995.

See more usage examples of jericho in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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