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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.
Passtime, m. Time passed.
"He mustn't expect to get well all in a minute. I tell him there's no passtime for that yet."
Pat. A hog-trough.
Pathery. Silly; applied to sheep which have the water on the brain.
Pattens and Clogs, e. Lotus corniculatus. Also called pigs'-pettitoes, and ladies' fingers. |
Paul. [Pal, Ang. Sax., a stake.] A division of tenantry land at Brighton, usually containing about the eighth part of a tenantry acre.
Pay-gate. A turnpike gate.
Peaked, m. [Pique, French.] Fretful; unwell.
"Weary seven nights, nine times nine, Shall he dwindle, peak, and pine."
Macbeth, Act i. sc. 3.
Peashalm. [Healm, Ang. Sax., stubble.] Pea-straw. Peck. A pick-axe.
Peck. To use a pick-axe.
These words illustrate the following evidence given by a witness in a case of manslaughter,
"You see he pecked he with a peck, and he pecked he with a peck, and if he'd pecked he with his peck as hard as he pecked he with his peck, he would have killed he, and not he he."
Peel, m. [Pelle, French, a shovel.] A wooden shovel with a long handle, used for putting the bread into the oven.
Peert, m. Lively.
"She just is a nice pleasant peert young lady."
Peeze. To ooze out; to leak.
Peg-away. To eat or drink voraciously.
In ancient times the liquor was handed round in a wooden vessel, marked at different distances from the bottom with pegs; each drinker in his turn drank as much as would reduce the liquor down to the next peg below; hence, to peg away, is to drink fast, so as to lower the liquor in the vessel very quickly.
Pell. A hole of water, generally very deep beneath a waterfall. A broad shallow piece of water, larger than an ordinary pond.
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