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The whole rested on a golden image of Atlas, bending beneath the weight.

"None of them are quite high enough," said Atlas, shaking his head.

Consulting my atlas to get my bearings I now ventured forth.

"We haven't got ready for one yet," said Lucy, deep in an atlas.

We hunted out an atlas, and laid the map of England before us on the table.

None of them know how much stronger than any Atlas is the power of the best.

O for the power to drop ten atlas folios in a pile upon their heads!

You'll be in the position of Hercules after Atlas left him holding the skies on his shoulders.

The world does not bear with such an Atlas burden on her conscience.

Make roads in the Atlas Mountains, when I cannot get out of my own house!

WORD ORIGIN

1580s, Titan, son of Iapetus and Clymene, supposed to uphold the pillars of heaven, which was his punishment for being the war leader of the Titans in the struggle with the Olympian gods. The name in Greek perhaps means "The Bearer (of the Heavens)," from a-, copulative prefix, + stem of tlenai "to bear," from PIE root *tele- "to lift, support, weigh." Mount Atlas, in Mauritania, was important in Greek cosmology as a support of the heavens.

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