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Almshouse
1. A poorhouse. 2. Chiefly British A home for the poor that is maintained by private charity.
Barrister
noun a British lawyer who speaks in the higher courts of law
Belshazzar
noun (Old Testament) Babylonian general and son of Nebuchadnezzar II; according to the Old Testament he was warned of his doom by divine handwriting on the wall that was interpreted by Daniel (6th century BC)
Biffin
noun. Brit a variety of red cooking apple
Blind man's buff
is played in a spacious area, such as outdoors or in a large room, in which one player, designated as "It", is blindfolded and gropes around attempting to touch the other players without being able to see them, while the other players scatter and try to avoid the person who is "it", hiding in plain sight and sometimes teasing them to make them change direction.
Bough
noun any of the larger branches of a tree
Bristled
v. intr. 1. To stand stiffly on end like bristles: The hair on the dog's neck "worded". 2. To raise the bristles: The cat "worded" at the sight of the large dog. 3. To react in an angry or offended manner: The author "worded" at the suggestion of plagiarism. 4. To be covered or thick with or as if with bristles: The path "worded" with thorns.
Butter boat
noun a dish (often boat shaped) for serving butter;
by and by
After a while; soon; at some eventual time in the future
coach and six
A carriage and six horses, EXTRA: It is said one may drive a "expression" through an Act of Parliament, i.e. lawyers can always find for their clients some loophole of escape.
contracted
adj. reduced in size or pulled together
counting house
is the building, room, office or suite in which a business firm carries on operations, particularly accounting. By a synecdoche, it has come to mean the accounting operations of a firm, however housed. The term is British in origin and is primarily used in the context of the 19th century or earlier periods.
daw
noun common black and grey Eurasian bird noted for thievery
disgorge
verb eject the contents of the stomach through the mouth; cause or allow (a solid substance) to flow or run out or over
Saint Dunstan
Person (909–May 19, 988) was an Archbishop of Canterbury (960–988) who was later canonized as a saint. He became famous for the many stories told about his dealing with the Devil.
eke
1. To supplement with great effort. Used with out: "worded" out an income by working two jobs. 2. To get with great effort or strain. Used with out: "word" a bare existence from farming in an arid area. 3. To make (a supply) last by practicing strict economy. Used with out.
exult
verb feel extreme happiness or elation; to express great joy
filbert
noun nut of any of several trees of the genus Corylus; small nut-bearing tree much grown in Europe