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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.
Thick-milk, m. Hot milk thickened by the addition of a few spoonfuls of flour and sweetened.
Thills, w [Thil, Ang. Sax., a plank.] The shafts of a wagon or cart.
Thill-horse, w; or Thiller. The shaft horse.
" What a beard thou hast got. Thou hast got more hair on thy chin than Dobbin my thill-horse has on his tail."
Merchant of Venice, Act ii. sc. 2.
Threaddle. To thread a needle.
"Open the gates as wide as wide, And let King George go through with his bride. It is so dark, we cannot see To threaddle the tailor's needle."
Children's Game.
Thro. Fro. To-and-thro is always used for to-and-fro.
"He goes to-and-thro to Lewes every Tuesday and Friday."
Throt, m. The throat.
Throw. [Through.] A thoroughfare; a public way. The four-throws is a point where four roads meet.
Throw. To cut down trees.
Tickler, e. An iron pin used by brewers to take a bung out of a cask.
Tickle-plough, w A plough with wooden beam and handles.
Tidy, m. A child's pinafore.
Tiffy. Touchy; irritable.
Tight. Drunk.
Either Sussex beer must be very strong or Sussex heads very weak, for however drunk a man may have been he will declare that he did not take more than a pint, and all his friends will make the same assertion.
Tightish. Well in health.
"I'm pretty tightish thank you" is not a very common expression, because it is not considered genteel to be in perfectly good health; and to say " How well you are looking" is by no means taken as a compliment. I suspect that the height of gentility is not reached till a person dies outright, and then of course it is only reflective, and the relations take credit for it.
Tight-up. To clean; to put in order.
"To tight oneself up" is to dress or put on clean clothes.
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