The government of the town was largely ignored by the new owners of the abbey lands and privileges, and any joint actions continued to be carried out through the Guildhall Feoffees, largely without any formal legal backing.
Over the next hundred years local government would replace the Abbots' Rule, but religious differences would cause bitter divisions in the country.
However, the town had now lost the use of the great library of the abbey, the access to the several hospitals which the monks had run, the grammar school was closed, and the various charities and good works of the monks were suddenly gone.
The figurative use of hand over fist, the only form of this expression current today, dates from the 19th century.hellbent See a bat out of hell Very rapidly, swiftly, speedily. A plausible conjecture is that bats, because of their aversion to light, would beat a hasty retreat from the illuminating flames of the infernal regions.
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(Horse Training, Riding & Manège) a manner of moving, natural to the camel and sometimes developed in the horse, in which the two legs on the same side of the body are moved and put down at the same time(See also INSTANTANEOUSNESS, SPEEDING.)at a snail’s pace Very slowly, at an exceedingly slow rate of movement or progress.
According to one source which claims to have actually measured its speed, a snail moves at the rate of one mile in fourteen days.
The snail, like the turtle, is one of the slowest-moving creatures on the earth and has symbolized extreme slowness, tardiness, and sluggishness for streak See talk a blue streak, TALKATIVENESS.faster than greased lightning At the highest possible speed; moving at a tremendous velocity.