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

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24                      A Dictionary of the Sussex Dialect.
Cab.* [Cabaler, French, to plot.] A small number of persons secretly united in the performance of some undertaking.
Cadger. Not only a travelling beggar, but anyone given to begging is called by this name in Sussex.
Call out of Name, m. To call a person out of his name is not to give him his proper title.
" And then, what d'ye think he says ? Why, he says "ooman,' and I aint a-going to be called out of my name by such a fellow as him, I can promise him."
Call-over, m. To abuse.
" He come along here a cadging, and fancy he just did call me over, because I told him as I hadn't got naun to give him."
Callow, m. [Calo, Ang. Sax., bald.] Smooth; bare.
The woods are said to be getting callow when they are just beginning to bud out.
Camber, e. A harbour.
Winchilsea Castle, built to protect Rye harbour, is called Camber Castle.
Camsteery, e. A horse is said to be very camsteery when it does not go steadily.
In Northumberland the word means crazy.
Cant. To upset or let fall.
"The cart canted over and he was canted out into the road."
Cant. A corner of a field.
A haystack is said to be cut across in cants, and a field of wheat is divided into cants when it is partitioned out in slips for the reapers, each of whom takes one or more cants as his share of work.
Carfax. [Carrefourgs, Old French, crossways.] A place where four roads meet, as the Carfax at Horsham.
Carp-pie.* To eat carp-pie is to submit to another person's carping at your actions.
Catch Hot, e. To take a fever.
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