A Dictionary of Archaic & Provincial Words, Obsolete Phrases, Proverbs & Ancient Customs, Form the Fourteenth Century, Volume 2 (Google eBook)

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Smith, 1852 - English language
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Page 678 - Now have we many chimneys ; and yet our tenderlings complain of rheums, catarrhs, and poses ; then had we none but reredosses, and our heads did never ache.
Page 632 - Plough Munday, next after that Twelf-tide is past, Bids out with the plough ; the worst husband is last : If Plowman get hatchet, or whip to the skrene, Maids loseth their cocke, if no water be seen :" which are thus explained in Tusser Redivivus, 1744, p.
Page 526 - This is a game played in several parts of England even at this time. A stake is fixed into the ground ; those who play, throw loggats at it, and he that is nearest the stake, wins : I have seen it played in different counties at their sheep-shearing feasts, where the winner was entitled to a black fleece, which he afterwards presented to the farmer's maid to spin for the purpose of making a petticoat, and on condition that she knelt down on the fleece to be...
Page 610 - As peascods once I pluck'd, I chanced to see One that was closely fill'd with three times three, Which when I cropp'd I safely home convey'd, And o'er the door the spell in secret laid...
Page 744 - Sire, (for so they called him,) who presently repaired to the place where the deceased lay, and stood before the door of the house, when some of the Family came out and furnished him with a Cricket on which he sat down facing the door. Then they gave him a Groat, which he put in his pocket ; a Crust of Bread, which he eat ; and a full bowle of Ale, which he drank off at a draught. After this, he got up from the Cricket and pronounced, with a composed gesture, the ease and rest of the Soul departed,...
Page 566 - SPARROW. A cruel sport practised at wakes and fairs, in the following manner: A cock sparrow whose wings are clipped, is put into the crown of a hat; a man having his arms tied behind him, attempts to bite off the sparrow's head, but is generally obliged to desist, by the many pecks and pinches he receives from the enraged bird.
Page 948 - ... each tree, pronounce these words : " Stand fast root : bear well top ; God send us a youling sop, Every twig apple big, Every bough apple enow." For which incantation the confused rabble expect a gratuity in money or drink, which is no less welcome : but if they are disappointed of both...
Page 618 - For hete her clothes down sche dede Almest to her gerdyl stede, Than lay sche uncovert ; Sche was as whyt as lylye yn May, Or snow that sneweth yn wynterys day, He seygh never non so pert.
Page 731 - Sorely shent wi' this rebuke, Sorely shent was the heire of Linne ; His heart, I wis, was near to brast With guilt and sorrowe, shame and sinne.
Page 554 - A white earth near the surface of the ground, a certain sign or indication of iron ore or iron stone. Staff. MINEVER. The fur of the ermine mixed with that of the small weasel. The white stoat is called a minifer in Norfolk. MING. (1) To mind or observe. To ming at one, to mention. North. To ming the miller's eye out, ie to begin more than your materials suffer you to complete. (2) To mix or mingle. To ming bread, to knead it. East. Hys sorow myngyd alle hys mode.

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