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 for To curse by bell, book, and candle
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Curse \Curse\ (k?rs), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Cursed (k?rst) or
     Curst; p. pr. & vb. n. Cursing.] [AS. cursian, corsian,
     perh. of Scand. origin; cf. Dan. korse to make the sign of
     the cross, Sw. korsa, fr. Dan. & Sw. kors cross, Icel kross,
     all these Scand. words coming fr. OF. crois, croiz, fr. L.
     crux cross. Cf. Cross.]
     1. To call upon divine or supernatural power to send injury
        upon; to imprecate evil upon; to execrate.
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              Thou shalt not . . . curse the ruler of thy people.
                                                    --Ex. xxii.
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              Ere sunset I'll make thee curse the deed. --Shak.
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     2. To bring great evil upon; to be the cause of serious harm
        or unhappiness to; to furnish with that which will be a
        cause of deep trouble; to afflict or injure grievously; to
        harass or torment.
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              On impious realms and barbarous kings impose
              Thy plagues, and curse 'em with such sons as those.
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     To curse by bell, book, and candle. See under Bell.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Book \Book\ (b[oo^]k), n. [OE. book, bok, AS. b[=o]c; akin to
     Goth. b[=o]ka a letter, in pl. book, writing, Icel. b[=o]k,
     Sw. bok, Dan. bog, OS. b[=o]k, D. boek, OHG. puoh, G. buch;
     and fr. AS. b[=o]c, b[=e]ce, beech; because the ancient
     Saxons and Germans in general wrote runes on pieces of
     beechen board. Cf. Beech.]
     1. A collection of sheets of paper, or similar material,
        blank, written, or printed, bound together; commonly, many
        folded and bound sheets containing continuous printing or
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     Note: When blank, it is called a blank book. When printed,
           the term often distinguishes a bound volume, or a
           volume of some size, from a pamphlet.
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     Note: It has been held that, under the copyright law, a book
           is not necessarily a volume made of many sheets bound
           together; it may be printed on a single sheet, as music
           or a diagram of patterns. --Abbott.
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     2. A composition, written or printed; a treatise.
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              A good book is the precious life blood of a master
              spirit, embalmed and treasured up on purpose to a
              life beyond life.                     --Milton.
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     3. A part or subdivision of a treatise or literary work; as,
        the tenth book of "Paradise Lost."
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     4. A volume or collection of sheets in which accounts are
        kept; a register of debts and credits, receipts and
        expenditures, etc.; -- often used in the plural; as, they
        got a subpoena to examine our books.
     Syn: ledger, leger, account book, book of account. [1913
          Webster + WordNet 1.5]
     5. Six tricks taken by one side, in the game of bridge or
        whist, being the minimum number of tricks that must be
        taken before any additional tricks are counted as part of
        the score for that hand; in certain other games, two or
        more corresponding cards, forming a set.
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     6. (Drama) a written version of a play or other dramatic
        composition; -- used in preparing for a performance.
     Syn: script, playscript.
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     7. a set of paper objects (tickets, stamps, matches, checks
        etc.) bound together by one edge, like a book; as, he
        bought a book of stamps.
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     8. a book or list, actual or hypothetical, containing records
        of the best performances in some endeavor; a recordbook;
        -- used in the phrase
     one for the book or
     one for the books.
     Syn: record, recordbook.
     9. (Sport) the set of facts about an athlete's performance,
        such as typical performance or playing habits or methods,
        that are accumulated by potential opponents as an aid in
        deciding how best to compete against that athlete; as, the
        book on Ted Williams suggests pitching to him low and
     10. (Finance) same as book value.
     11. (Stock market) the list of current buy and sell orders
         maintained by a stock market specialist.
     12. (Commerce) the purchase orders still outstanding and
         unfilled on a company's ledger; as, book to bill ratio.
     Note: Book is used adjectively or as a part of many
           compounds; as, book buyer, bookrack, book club, book
           lore, book sale, book trade, memorandum book, cashbook.
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     Book account, an account or register of debt or credit in a
     Book debt, a debt for items charged to the debtor by the
        creditor in his book of accounts.
     Book learning, learning acquired from books, as
        distinguished from practical knowledge. "Neither does it
        so much require book learning and scholarship, as good
        natural sense, to distinguish true and false." --Burnet.
     Book louse (Zool.), one of several species of minute,
        wingless insects injurious to books and papers. They
        belong to the Pseudoneuroptera.
     Book moth (Zool.), the name of several species of moths,
        the larv[ae] of which eat books.
     Book oath, an oath made on The Book, or Bible.
     The Book of Books, the Bible.
     Book post, a system under which books, bulky manuscripts,
        etc., may be transmitted by mail.
     Book scorpion (Zool.), one of the false scorpions
        ({Chelifer cancroides) found among books and papers. It
        can run sidewise and backward, and feeds on small insects.
     Book stall, a stand or stall, often in the open air, for
        retailing books.
     Canonical books. See Canonical.
     In one's books, in one's favor. "I was so much in his
        books, that at his decease he left me his lamp."
     To bring to book.
         (a) To compel to give an account.
         (b) To compare with an admitted authority. "To bring it
             manifestly to book is impossible." --M. Arnold.
     by the book, according to standard procedures; using the
        correct or usual methods.
     cook the books, make fallacious entries in or otherwise
        manipulate a financial record book for fraudulent
     To curse by bell, book, and candle. See under Bell.
     To make book (Horse Racing), to conduct a business of
        accepting or placing bets from others on horse races.
     To make a book (Horse Racing), to lay bets (recorded in a
        pocket book) against the success of every horse, so that
        the bookmaker wins on all the unsuccessful horses and
        loses only on the winning horse or horses.
     off the books, not recorded in the official financial
        records of a business; -- usually used of payments made in
        cash to fraudulently avoid payment of taxes or of
        employment benefits.
     one for the book, one for the books, something
        extraordinary, such as a record-breaking performance or a
        remarkable accomplishment.
     To speak by the book, to speak with minute exactness.
     to throw the book at, to impose the maximum fine or penalty
        for an offense; -- usually used of judges imposing
        penalties for criminal acts.
     Without book.
         (a) By memory.
         (b) Without authority.
     to write the book, to be the leading authority in a field;
        -- usually used in the past tense; as, he's not just an
        average expert, he wrote the book.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Candle \Can"dle\, n. [OE. candel, candel, AS, candel, fr. L.
     candela a (white) light made of wax or tallow, fr. cand["e]re
     to be white. See Candid, and cf. Chandler, Cannel,
     1. A slender, cylindrical body of tallow, containing a wick
        composed of loosely twisted linen of cotton threads, and
        used to furnish light.
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              How far that little candle throws his beams!
              So shines a good deed in a naughty world. --Shak.
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     Note: Candles are usually made by repeatedly dipping the
           wicks in the melted tallow, etc. ("dipped candles"), or
           by casting or running in a mold.
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     2. That which gives light; a luminary.
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              By these blessed candles of the night. --Shak.
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     Candle nut, the fruit of a euphorbiaceous shrub ({Aleurites
        triloba), a native of some of the Pacific islands; --
        socalled because, when dry, it will burn with a bright
        flame, and is used by the natives as a candle. The oil has
        many uses.
     Candle power (Photom.), illuminating power, as of a lamp,
        or gas flame, reckoned in terms of the light of a standard
     Electric candle, A modification of the electric arc lamp,
        in which the carbon rods, instead of being placed end to
        end, are arranged side by side, and at a distance suitable
        for the formation of the arc at the tip; -- called also,
        from the name of the inventor, Jablockoff candle.
     Excommunication by inch of candle, a form of
        excommunication in which the offender is allowed time to
        repent only while a candle burns.
     Not worth the candle, not worth the cost or trouble.
     Rush candle, a candle made of the pith of certain rushes,
        peeled except on one side, and dipped in grease.
     Sale by inch of candle, an auction in which persons are
        allowed to bid only till a small piece of candle burns
     Standard candle (Photom.), a special form of candle
        employed as a standard in photometric measurements;
        usually, a candle of spermaceti so constructed as to burn
        at the rate of 120 grains, or 7.8 grams, per hour.
     To curse by bell, book and candle. See under Bell.
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