Origin and Date of Lift The Veil

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Lark-lover

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Hello, folks.
When the phrase " to lift the veil"
(to reveal something secret ) was first used and attested?

Thanks
 
  • Cagey

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    English - US
    Hello, Lark-lover.

    This question is really out of the scope of our forum, so I'm closing this thread. It's nearly impossible to say when some common expression was first used.

    Cagey,
    moderator


    However, I have access to the Oxford English Dictionary, and this is their earliest citation: ;)

    1650 T. Hawkins et al. tr. N. Caussin Holy Court v. 164/1 Providence, (if it be permitted here to lift up the veil, and to enter into your secrets) whence could this change proceed?
     
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