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A Collection Of Provincialisms In Use In The County Of Sussex.

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A Dictionary of the Sussex Dialect.
Bannick, m. To beat.
"I'll give him a good bannicking if I catch him."
Barley-champer, w An instrument for cutting off the beards of the barley.
Bark. To cough.
"I can't abear for my master to goo to church; for he keeps up such a barking, that nobody can't hear naun for him."
Barton, m. [Bere-tun, Ang. Sax., a court-yard.] The demesne lands of a manor. The manor house itself. More fre­quently the outhouses and yards.
Bar way, m. A field-gate, made of bars or rails so fitted as to draw out from the posts.
Bat. [Baton, French, a stick.] A rough walking-stick.
Batch. A quantity of bread baked at once without heating the
oven afresh.
"How now, thou core of envy? Thou crusty batch of nature, what's the news?"
Troilus and Cressida, Act v. sc. I.
Batfowler. One who takes birds at night with a large folding-net on long poles, called a batfowling net.
Gon: "You are gentlemen of brave metal; you would lift the moon out of her sphere, if she would continue in it five weeks without changing."
Seb: " We would so, and then go a batfowling."
Tempest, Act ii. sc. I.
Batter. [Abattre, French, to beat down.] A wall which diminishes upwards is said to batter.
Bavins. Brushwood faggots.
" The skipping king, he ambled up and down, With shallow jesters and rash bavin wits, Soon kindled, and soon burnt."
—I Henry IV., Act hi. sc. 2. Bawl, e. To read aloud.
A mother said of a child who did not go to school on account of illness, " I keeps him to his book all the same, and his father likes to hear him bawl a bit in the evening."
Bay. A pond-head made up to a sufficient height to keep in store water.
Bay. A compartment of a barn. The space between the main beams of the roof: so that a barn crossed twice with beams is a barn of three bays.
"If this law hold in Vienna ten years, I'll rent the fairest house in it, after three-pence a bay." —Measure for Measure, Act hi. sc. 2.
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