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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.
Radical, e. Tiresome; disobedient.
"He's that radical that I doant know whatever '11 become an him. I've told him adunnamany times not to ride on the rads, but 'tis no use what you says to him."
Rafty, e. Very.
Rafty, w. Ill-tempered; difficult to manage.
Ragged-jack, w. Scotch kale.
Ragged-Jack, e. Ragged robin. Lychnis flos-cuculi.
Rake, e. The sea is said to rake when it breaks on the shore with a long grating sound.
Rake. "As lean as a rake" is a common proverb among Sussex people, who use the word in the same sense as in the follow­ing passage,—
" Let us revenge this with our pikes, ere we become rakes; for the gods know, I speak this in hunger for bread, not in thirst for revenge."
Coriolanus, Act i. sc. i. "As lene was his hors as is a rake."
Chaucer, Prol. 1. 287. Ramp, e. To grow rapidly and luxuriantly.
Rap-and-run, or Rap-and-rend." [Icel, hrapa. To rush headlong.] To seize and plunder; to seize hold of every­thing one can.
Rape. [Hreppr, Icelandic] A division of a county comprising several hundreds.
The Normans divided the county of Sussex into six rapes— Hastings, Pevensey and Lewes, in East Sussex; Bramber, Arundel, and Chichester, in West Sussex. Each of these rapes had a castle near the coast, and an available harbour at its southern extremity, and formed what was called "a high road to Normandy."
Rare, m. [Hrere, Ang. Sax., raw.] Underdone.
Rash. [Roesc, Ang. Sax., a flash.] Fierce and clear; said of a fire in frosty weather.
"His rash fierce blaze of riot cannot last, For violent fires soon burn out themselves."
Richard II, Act ii. sc. I.
Rathe.* Early; as rathe in the morning. (Ray.)
Rather-ripe. [Hrath, Ang. Sax., early.] The name of an apple which ripens early.
Rattlebone. Worn out; tumbling to pieces. G 2
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