40 A Dictionary of the Sussex Dialect.
Ether, or Edder. [Ang. Sax., ether, idor.] A hedge. A piece of pliant underwood, wound between the stakes of a new-made hedge.
" An eldern stake and blackthorn ether Will make a hedge to last for ever."
Eyed-and-Limbed, m. "He eyed and limbed me" means, he anathematized my eyes and limbs.
Fad. A whim.
Fag, w. To cut corn or stubble close to the ground.
Fag-hook. A hook or bill fastened on a long stick for trimming hedges, or for fagging corn.
Fagot, m. A good-for-nothing girl.
Fagot-above-a-load, e. Rather too much of a good thing.
"Well, I do call it a fagot-above-a-load, to have to go down to Mr. Barham's twice a day."
Fail. To fall ill; generally used of catching complaints.
"He looks to me very much as though he was going to fail with the measles."
Fairy-rings. Circles of grass which are higher, and of a deeper green than the grass which grows round them; attributed to the dancing of the fairies.
" Ye elves—you demy-puppets, that by moonshine do the green sour ringlets make, whereof the ewe not bites."
—Tempest, Act v. sc. I.
Fairy-sparks, e. Phosphoric light seen on various substances in the night-time.
Fall, m. The autumn.
"I have the ague every spring and fall."
Fall. [Feallan, Ang. Sax.] To cut down timber.
"These trees are getting too thick, I shall fall a few of them next year."
Fan, e. To banter; to tease.
"Be not angry, Most mighty princess, that I have adventured To try your taking of a false report.
* * The love I bear him
Made me to fan you thus; but the Gods made you, Unlike all others, chafness. Pray you pardon."
—Cymbeline, Act i. sc. 7.