Samarra

Samarra

[suh-mahr-uh]
noun
a town in central Iraq, on the Tigris: seat of the early Abassid caliphs.
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Samarra
city in north-central Iraq; phrase an appointment in Samarra indicating the inevitability of death is from an old Arabic tale (first in Eng. apparently in W. Somerset Maugham's play "Sheppey," 1933), in which a man meets Death one day in the marketplace in Baghdad and flees him to Samarra. When questioned,
Death replies, "I was astonished to see him in Baghdad, for I had an appointment with him tonight in Samarra."
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