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

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54                      A Dictionary of the Sussex Dialect.
Hatch, m. To dress the bark of trees.
Hatch. In names of places probably means a gate.
It is usually found on the borders of forests, as Coleman's Hatch, Plaw-hatch and Claw-hatch, in Ashdown forest.
Hatch, w. A gate; a half-door.
Hatchel, w. To rake cut grass into small rows.
Haulm. [Healm, Ang. Sax.] The straw of beans, peas, tares, &c.
Haust, m. A place for drying hops. (See Oast-house.)
Have, m. To lead or take.
" I shall have him down to his grandmother while I go haying."
Haviler, or Heaver, e. [Heafer, Ang. Sax.] A crab.
Hawk, w. (See Fore-summer.)
Hayward, w. [Haw-ward; hedge-ward.] An officer of the lord of the manor, whose business it was to look after the hedges and see that the boundaries were kept right.
Head, m. "To your head" is the same as "to your face."
" I told him to his head that I wouldn't have such goings-on in my house any more."
" To the head of Angelo accuse him home and home."
Measure for Measure, Act iv. sc. 2.
Head-ache, e. The corn poppy. Papaver rhceas.
Headlands, m. The part of the field close against the hedges.
Headpiece, m. The head considered with regard to the intellect. " He's got a very good headpiece, and if he could have had a little more schooling he'd have made something better than a ploughboy."
Heal, m. [Helan, Ang. Sax., to cover or conceal.] To cover. " I healed up the roots with some straw."
" In the ancient English dialect the word ' hell' was taken in a large sense for the general receptacle of all souls what­soever, and it is so used in the old translation of the Psalms in our Common Prayer Book (Ps. lxxxix. 47), which sense may be confirmed from the primary and original signification of the word; according to which it imports no more than an invisible and hidden place, being derived from the old Saxon word 'hit; which signifies to hide, or from the participle thereof, helled, that is to say, hidden or covered; as in the western parts of England, at this very day, to 'hele' over any-
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