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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.
Flindermouse, e; Flittermouse, m; or Fluttermouse, w.
A bat. Flit, m. Shallow; thin.
When water is low it is said to be flit; and land is flit when
there is only a slight layer of good earth upon it.
Flit, e. [Flet, Ang. Sax., cream.] A milk skimmer.
Flit, e. A bat. A bat coming indoors is considered an evil
omen. Flit-milk. Skim milk.
Flog, m. To tire; to be wearied out.
" I was fairly flogged by the time I got home."
Flounders. Animals found in the livers of rotten sheep; also called flooks.
Floush-hole. [Fluissen, Dutch, to flow fast.] A hole which receives the waste water from a mill pond.
Flower. [Corruption of Floor.]
Flown-in, e. To be overtaken by the tide.
" You're too oudacious daring on they sands; if you ddant mind you'll be flown in, one of these days."
Flue. [Flaauw, Dutch, weak; feeble.] Delicate; a flue horse is one which always looks thin, and will not carry flesh.
Flushy, e. Swampy; as ground after a continuance of wet weather.
Fluttergrub, m. A man who takes a delight in working about in the dirt, and getting into every possible mess.
Flux, e. To snatch at anything; to blush.
Fly Golding, e. The ladybird. (See Bishop Barnaby.)
Fob, e. To froth as beer does.
Fob, e. The froth of beer; the foam on a horse's mouth.
Fog, w. Long grass growing in pastures in late summer or autumn, not fed down, but allowed to stand through the winter.
Folding-bar, w. An iron bar used for making the holes in which the wattles are fixed for folding the sheep.
Fold-tare, or Fold-tail, m. The improvement of land caused by sheep having been folded on it.
Footy. Silly; foolish; worthless.
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