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

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52                     A Dictionary of the Sussex Dialect.
Gutterdick, m. A small drain.
" 'Taint no use at all for you to make that 'ere gutterdick, what you wants is a gurt gut."
Gyle. A brewing of beer.
Habern, w. The back of the grate.
"Why, whatever have you been a-doing with yourself? Your face is as black as a habern!"
Hack. To cough faintly and frequently.
Hack, w. To rake up hay into thin rows.
Hacker, m. To stutter and stammer.
Hack-hook, m. [Haccan, Ang. Sax., to cut.] A curved hook with a long handle, used for cutting peas and tares, or trim­ming hedges.
Hackle, m. [Hcecele, Ang. Sax., a garment.] A straw covering placed over beehives.
Haffer, or Harfer. A heifer.
"I leave to Jane, my wife's daughter, an haffer of 2 yerys age."                               Will of Thos. Donet, of Burwash, 1542.
Hagridden, m. To be hagridden is to have the nightmare.
Hagtrack, m. Circles of coarse green grass seen on the meadows and downs, supposed to be tracks of hags or witches who have danced there at night.
Haitch, e. A slight passing shower.
Haitchy, e. Misty.
Half-baptized. Privately baptized.
"If you please, Sir, will you be so good as to half-baptize the baby?" "Oh! certainly; but which half of him am I to baptize ?"
Half-baptized, e. Silly, foolish.
"You must have been half-baptized to water those flowers when the sun was full on them."
Half-hammer, w. The game of hcp-step-and-jump.
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