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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.                       53
Half-swing Plough, w. A plough in which the mould-board is a fixture.
Ham. [Ang. Sax., ham; German, heim; English, home.] A level pasture field; a plot of ground near a river.
"In the country of the Angles as well as here (in North Friesland) every enclosed place is called a hamra."
Outzen's Glossary of the Frisian Language, p. 113.
Hampery, m. [Possibly from empire", French, decayed.] Out of repair.
Hamwood, w. [Hame-wood.'\ Pieces of wood on the collar of a horse to which the traces are fixed.
Hand, m. To be a hand, is to cause a great deal of trouble.
"I was a terrible hand to mother all the time I was down with the titus-fever."
Handle-dish, m. A bowl with a handle.
Hanger, m. A hanging wood on a hill side.
Hansel, m; or Hackle, e. To use anything for the first time.
Hansel, m. [Handsylen, Ang. Sax., a giving into the hands.] The first money received in the morning for the sale of goods. The market women have a custom of kissing the first coin, spitting on it, and putting it in a pocket by itself for luck.
Hap, m. Perhaps.
Happen-along, m. To come by chance; to arrive unexpectedly. "Master Tumptops, he's a man as you'll notice mostly happens-along about anyone's dinner-time."
Haps, m. [Hceps, Ang. Sax.] Hasp of a door or box.
Hard-dick. Sussex pudding, made of flour and water only.
Harness, m. Temper; humour.
"Master's in purty good harness this morning."
Harold. A common Christian name in East Sussex, which is always pronounced the same as the word earl.
Hassock, e. [Possibly from Haso, Ang. Sax., dry; rugged.] Anything growing in a thick matted state. A thick wooded shaw or little wood.
Hatch, m. To sicken for any complaint.
"I think she's hatching the measles." This expression seems to correspond very closely with that used by physicians when they speak of the period of incubation.
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