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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.                     17
Be. A common prefix to verbs, generally conveying a reflective and intensitive power, as be-smeared, be-muddled, be­spangled.
Beach, m. Shingle brought from the sea-coast is always called beach, as opposed to the inland gravel.
Beat the Devil round the Gooseberry-Bush, e. To tell a long rigmarole story without much point.
An old man at Rye said he did not think the new curate was much of a hand in the pulpit, he did beat the devil round the gooseberry-bush so.
Beazled, m. Completely tired out.
"He comes home tired of an evening, but not beazled like boys who go to plough."
Beck. [Becc, Ang. Sax., a brook.] A rivulet.
Beck, w. [Becca, Ang. Sax., a pickaxe.] A mattock.
To Beck, is to use the beck or mattock.
Bedsteddle. A bedstead.
Beepot. A beehive.
Beeskep, e. [Scep, Ang. Sax., a basket.] A beehive, or the straw hackle placed over the hive to protect it.
There is a superstition in the county, that if a piece of black crape is not put round the hive after a death in the family, the bees will die.
Beeves, m. A corruption of Bee-hives; the i in the word hives being pronounced as in French.
"Well, John, how are you going to make out this winter? Well, I reckon I shall have to make brooms and beeves."
Beever, w. Eleven o'clock luncheon.
Begridge, m. To grudge.
Behither, e. On this side. It answers to beyond.
"The fifty-first milestone stands behither the village, and the fifty-second beyond."
Being. An abode; a lodging.
" Return he cannot, nor Continue where he is: to shift his being, Is to exchange one misery for another."
Cymbeline, Act i. sc. 6. Beleft, m. Perfect of believe.
"I never should have beleft that he'd have gone on belvering and swearing about as he did."
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