gabriel ratchet

noun
ga·​bri·​el rat·​chet | \ˈgābrēəlˌrachə̇t\

Definition of gabriel ratchet 

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: the cries of migrating wild geese flying by night which are often popularly explained as the baying of a supernatural pack of hounds and to which various superstitious significances (as forebodings of evil) are attributed

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History and Etymology for gabriel ratchet

Middle English Gabrielle rache, from Gabriel, one of the seven archangels, the herald of good tidings (Luke 1), thought of as blowing a trumpet on Judgment Day + rache hound

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