smelling salt


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smelling salt

Etymology: ME, smellen + AS, sealt
aromatized ammonium carbonate to which may be added ammonia. It is used as a stimulant to arouse a person who has fainted.

smelling salt

A colloquial term for aromatic spirits of ammonia. When the sealed capsule is opened, pungent ammonia gas is released.
CAS # 506-87-6
See also: salt
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If the documentary has only been commissioned because someone has managed to find a porn star who speaks Welsh, then it won't be just the chapels and eisteddfodau reaching for the smelling salts.
I went over and took his jacket off and put him in the recovery position and then we used smelling salts to try and bring him round.
For every excellent performance against a Manchester United or Chelsea, we've also had to reach for the smelling salts after games against a Swansea or Liverpool.
And I was reaching for the smelling salts after that out-of-character 4-4 at Old Trafford when the manager said: "I don't think I have ever gone into any game and sat.
And when Dot called "a family gathering at a time of crisis" last week, it needed more than smelling salts to revive her.
SIR - I have to admit that it was very difficult to suppress a chuckle on realising that many green activists will have been reaching for the smelling salts after hearing the news that Denmark, of all places, is giving the cold shoulder to onshore wind farms
Joey Barton was the victim of SEVEN brutal fouls at Molineux after a 90-minute battle with Wolves skipper Karl Henry left him requiring smelling salts at one stage.
I come out in hives when I see mature men or women in jeans, and if they wear them tailored and creased I reach for the smelling salts.
And it seems that, if anyone ever attempts even to begin to open debate on topics like Euro-Labour handing over pounds 50 million of UK taxpayers' money to the EU every single day, muggings, rape, burglary, murder, asylum-seekers, large-scale abuse of the benefits system or the type of council housing allocation and charity fraud (as highlighted in the Mercury over recent times) then our spineless, gutless MPs and a majority in the media always seem to react by just reaching collectively and quickly for a strong dose of smelling salts.
Cresswell Willow did not need an operation after her previous start at Uttoxeter but she might have required smelling salts, having done the splits following a post-fence slip.
Slap my face and pass the smelling salts - if this guy starts a trend we might all need them
I watched him climb at the far post to head the ball across goal, but he fell behind the net, on me, and the next thing I knew was when I woke up and the trainer was giving me smelling salts.