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Beehive

In the United Kingdom, a slang term for 5 pounds. The term derives from Cockney rhyming slang: beehive rhymes with five.
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Miss Bartlett and Minnie are coming with me to tea at the Beehive. Would you come too?"
Tea at the Beehive apparently involved a complete change of apparel.
They reached the Beehive Tavern at about five o'clock.
The tavern sign--a beehive trimmed evenly with bees--creaked in the wind outside as she thanked him.
On my side, I returned to my beehive chair, and set myself down on the sunny side of the court, and fell
When Father Brown reached the house with the beehive and the drowsy dog, a small and neat maid-servant showed him into the dining-room, where Boulnois sat reading by a shaded lamp, exactly as his wife described him.
The longer he thought about it, the more repugnant became the thought of taking human life needlessly; and thus it happened that while he was trying to decide just what to do, they had come to a little clearing, at the far side of which lay a palisaded village of beehive huts.
From hence the low murmur of his pupils' voices, conning over their lessons, might be heard in a drowsy summer's day, like the hum of a beehive; interrupted now and then by the authoritative voice of the master, in the tone of menace or command, or, peradventure, by the appalling sound of the birch, as he urged some tardy loiterer along the flowery path of knowledge.
Farther on he beheld great fields of Indian corn, with its golden ears peeping from their leafy coverts, and holding out the promise of cakes and hasty- pudding; and the yellow pumpkins lying beneath them, turning up their fair round bellies to the sun, and giving ample prospects of the most luxurious of pies; and anon he passed the fragrant buckwheat fields breathing the odor of the beehive, and as he beheld them, soft anticipations stole over his mind of dainty slap-jacks, well buttered, and garnished with honey or treacle, by the delicate little dimpled hand of Katrina Van Tassel.
And he said if a man owned a beehive and that man died, the bees must be told about it before sun-up next morning, or else the bees would all weaken down and quit work and die.
The beehives have been installed on the roof of the bridge link between Millennium Point and Birmingham City University's Parkside Building.
The bees will provide opportunities for students on a number of courses, from those studying filmmaking and visual communication to architecture, where students will learn about roof design incorporating beehives. The decline of bees around the world has been well documented in the press and, by keeping hives, the university can contribute to bee conservation and protect their habitat.