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

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36                       A Dictionary of the Sussex Dialect.
Dog-tired. Completely wearied out.
"Oh, master, master, I have watched so long That I am dog-weary."
Taming of the Shrew, Act iv. sc. 2.
Doles, m. The short handles on the snethe of a scythe.
Dole. [Dael, Ang. Sax., a portion.] Gifts; alms distributed on St. Thomas' day.
Doling, e. A fishing boat with two masts, each carrying a sprit-sail. Described in Boys' History of Sandwich as " Ships for the King's use furnished by the Cinque Ports."
Dollers. The people who go round gathering doles.
Dolphin. A fly which attacks the beans.
Done-over. Tired out; a transposition of over-done, in the same way as go-under is always used for undergo.
Doole. A conical lump of earth, about three feet in diameter at the base, and about two feet in height, raised to show the bounds of parishes or farms on the Downs.
Dosses, or Dorsels, e. Panniers in which fish are carried on horseback.
Dour, e. [Do out.] To extinguish the light of a candle.
Douters. Instruments like snuffers, used for extinguishing a candle without cutting the wick.
Dowels, e. Levels; low marshes in which the water lies in winter and wet seasons.
Down. Laid up by illness.
" He's down with a bad attackt of brown crisis on the chest, leastways that's what the doctor calls it."
Down-bed. A bed on the floor.
Dozzle. A small quantity.
" He came in so down-hearted that I couldn't be off from giving him a dozzle of victuals, and I told him if he could put up with a down-bed, he might stop all night."
Dracly-minute. Immediately.
" Ye be to goo dracly-minute."
Draggle-tail. A slut.
" Dame Durden kept five serving maids To carry the milking pail,
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'Twas Doll and Bet and Sail and Kate, And Dorothy-draggle-tail."
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