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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR FIFE

Instead of the gong for dinner, let us hear a whistle from the Spartan fife.

We have a great many flutes and flageolets, but not often the sound of any fife.

There were brass bands, drum and fife bands, and bands of bagpipes.

They might have been read to an accompaniment of fife and drums.

But is it not better than the simple drum and fife of a common training-day?

He engaged Mr. Tooter to be there with his fife, and Mr. Noggin with his drum.

Robert Wilson was born in the parish of Carnbee, and county of Fife.

The Premier, who was said to have "run away" to Fife, after all had a "walk over."

They were paid for, and went across the ferry to Fife again.

When Hugh and Inez went away, Fife was an important part of the luggage.

WORD ORIGIN

1550s, from German Pfeife "fife, pipe," from Old High German pfifa, or via Middle French fifre (15c.) from the same Old High German word; ultimately imitative. German musicians provided music for most European courts in those days. As a verb from 1590s. Agent noun fifer is recorded earlier (1530s). Fife and drum is from 1670s.

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