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

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118                   A Dictionary of the Sussex Dialect.
Swade. The leather strap of a spinning-wheel.
Swading-iron, w. An instrument used in a blacksmith's forge.
Swallocky, e. A term applied to the appearance of clouds in hot weather, before a thunderstorm.
Swank, w. A bog; a dell or damp hollow.
Swanky, m. Small beer.
Swap, m. To reap corn and beans.
Swap-hook, m. The implement used for swapping.
Swarly. Ill-tempered; usually applied to animals.
Swarve, e. To fill up; to choke with sediment. "Our ditch is quite swarved up."
Swath. [Pronounced swarth.] A row of cut grass or com as it is laid on the ground by mowers or swappers.
"And there the strawy Greeks, ripe for his edge, Fail down before him, like the mower's swath."
Troilus and Cressida, Act v. sc. 5.
Sweal. [Swelan, Ang. Sax., to kindle.] To burn the hair; to singe a pig.
Swelt. [Sweltan, Ang. Sax., to die.] Hot; faint. "Like a swelt cat, better than it looks."
Swinge. [Swingan, Ang. Sax.] To flog.
"I will swinge him well when I catches him."
Swingel. That part of a flail which beats the corn out of the ear.
Swork. [Corruption of Sulk.] To be angry and surly.
Sworle. To snarl like a dog.
Swymy. [Swimmy.] Giddy; faint.
"I felt so swymy that I was obliged to get up and go out of church."
Tack. A peculiar flavour; a strong, rank, nasty taste.
Tack. A path or causeway.
Tackle. Working implements ; machinery of any kind.
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