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Damage or wear to type, resulting in a defective impression. Because each battered type creates a unique impression, Hinman, Blayney, and others have successfully used evidence from ...

Direct and Indirect Speech

Direct and Indirect Speech   Quick reference

The Oxford Companion to the English Language (2 ed.)

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2018

...walks along (italics not in the original have been added to mark the free direct speech): By Brady’s cottages a boy for the skins lolled, his bucket of offal linked, smoking a chewed fag butt. A smaller girl with scars of eczema on her forehead eyed him, listlessly holding her battered caskhoop. Tell him if he smokes he won’t grow . O let him! His life isn’t such a bed of roses! Waiting outside pubs to bring da home . Come home to ma, da . Slack hour : won’t be many there . He crossed Townsend street, passed the frowning face of Bethel. El, yes : house...

Batter

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Brewer's Dictionary of Irish Phrase & Fable

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2011

... . To perform a sean-nós dance, a type of step-dance found in parts of Connemara, also called a battráil in Irish, a borrowing from the English term. Traditionally only men danced the heavy ‘battering’ dances, women confining themselves to reels and the lighter...

Left

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Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable (19 ed.)

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2013

...baseball, the part of the playing area to the left of the batter, beyond third base, which rarely sees any action and from which the ball rarely arrives. Hence, metaphorically, something that is ‘out of left field’ is out of the ordinary, unexpected, eccentric, unorthodox or experimental. Left-footer A derogatory term, first recorded in the 1930s, for a roman catholic . It probably simply draws on the generally negative connotations of ‘left’, although it has been speculated that it alludes to a type of turf-cutting spade, as used by Irish Catholics, which is...

Hush puppy

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Brewer's Dictionary of Modern Phrase & Fable (2 ed.)

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2011

...puppy . An American aliment of deep-fried corn meal batter, often served with fried fish in the Southern states. Pieces thrown to hungry barking dogs with the injunction ‘Hush, Puppy!’ were said to effect an instant silence. ‘Hush Puppies’ became familiar in the 1960s as the trade name of a type of soft shoe. The allusion is to shoes that comfort ‘barking dogs’, slang for tired or sore...

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