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

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68                       A Dictionary of the Sussex Dialect.
Larder, m. [Corruption of Ladder.]
"Master's got a lodge down on the land yonder, and as I was going across totherday-morning to fetch a larder we keeps there, a lawyer catched holt 'an me and scratched my face."
Lash, m. To get into a passion.
"He makes me lash and swear otherwhile when he be so lapsy; soonasever I'm backturned he's off after the birds-nestes, or up to some game or another."
Last, e. A last of herrings is ten thousand.
Last, e. A court of twenty-four jurats who levy rates for keeping up the marshes.
Lasus. A water meadow.
Lats. [Latta, Ang. Sax.] Laths.
Lattin, w. Plate-tin. Spelt lattyn in an inventory dated 1549, but in that year people spelt as they pleased.
Laurence. A mysterious individual whose influence is sup­posed to produce indolence. "Old Laurence has got hold of me" means "I have got a fit of idleness."
Lavant, w. [Lafian, Ang. Sax., to sprinkle with water; or, Laver, French, to wash.] A violent flow of water.
"How it did rain! It ran down the street in a lavant."
Lawyer, e. A long bramble full of thorns, so called because, "When once they gets a holt an ye, ye ddant easy get shut of 'em."
Lay, m; or Ley. [Leag, Ang. Sax.] Land laid down for pasture; not permanently, but to be broken up every three or four years.
Laylock, m. The lilac tree.
Lay-up, m. To hide and lie in wait for any one.
Lean, m. Unprofitable.
"Ah, sir! stone-breaking's a lean job for those that aint used to it."
Lean-to, m. A shed constructed against the side of another building.
Leap, e. [Leap, Ang. Sax., a basket for catching fish.] A large deep basket.
Leap, e. Half-a-bushel. (See Seed-leap.) Lear. Thin; hungry; faint.
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