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

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92                       A Dictionary of the Sussex Dialect.
Quiler-harness, w. The trace-harness.
Quill, w. A spring of water. (Variation of Well.)
Quilly, m. The roughness of the skin produced by cold, sometimes described as goose-flesh.
Quilt. To claw and pound with the paws, as cats do upon a carpet; also called "making bread." When the cat makes bread it is a sign of rain.
Quirk, m. A fuss; a whim; a fancy.
" I may chance have some odd quirks and remnants of wit broken on me, because I have railed so long at marriage . . . When I said I should die a batchelor, I did not think I should live till I were marry'd."                        Much Ado About Nothing, Act ii. sc. 3.
Quont. [Compare contus, Latin.] A barge-pole.
Quotted. Satiated; glutted.
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Rabbits, e. An ejaculation.
"What the rabbits! Why, its never you out in such weather as this, surelye!"
Rabbit's-meat, m. Wild parsley. Anthriscus sylvestris.
Racketting-riddle, w. [Hriddel, Ang. Sax., a sieve.] A cane-bottomed sieve.
Rackon, m. [Corruption of Reckon.]
"The fire burns middlin' rash; I rackon 'tis because 'tis so frosty."
Rack-up. To supply horses with their food for the night.
Rad. [Corruption of Rod.] The shaft of a cart; a measure of i6 feet, by which distance is more frequently measured than by yards, as elsewhere.
Raddles. [Diminutive of Rod.] Long supple sticks of green wood interwoven between upright stakes to make a hedge.
Raddle and Dab. Frame-work of timber filled in with mortar.
Raddle-fence, e. A hedge made with raddles.
Rades, w. The rails of a wagon.
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