That night, I dreamed of a square, three-story, concrete building that was dark and dingy with filth, dust, and cobwebs.
That he ends up not lighting a lamp but tangled in the cobwebs is one of the truths of this valuable book.
Gregg sent me a video and in it, they describe it as “clearing the cobwebs from the air” and “stepping over a dead body.”
early 14c., coppewebbe; the first element is Old English -coppe, in atorcoppe "spider," literally "poison-head" (see attercop). Spelling with -b- is from 16c., perhaps from cob. Cob as a stand-alone for "a spider" was an old word nearly dead even in dialects when J.R.R. Tolkien used it in "The Hobbit" (1937).