to mess around - to handle roughly or too familiarly
fickling - flattering
before (one) can say knife* - very quickly or suddenly
malediction - the utterance of a curse; the condition of being under a ban or curse.
nettlerash - an exanthematous eruption on the skin, appearing in patches like those produced by the sting of a nettle.
moonshine - moonlight
fostermother - a woman who nurses and brings up another's child
nancy - [orig. Miss Nancy, f. pet-form of the female name Ann.] an effeminate man or boy; a homosexual.
run off - to abscond or elope (with a person or thing)
mangle - fig. Now chiefly: To render (words) almost unrecognizable by mispronunciation; to spoil by gross blundering or falsification (a quotation, the text of an author).
upturn - to overthrow, subvert, or cause to fall
stardust* - fig. That which is illusory or insubstantial; daft - silly, foolish, stupid.
finisher - one who or that which finishes (in the different senses of the vb.)
firtree = fir - the name given to a number of coniferous trees, of different genera.
cooper - a craftsman who makes and repairs wooden vessels formed of staves and hoops, as casks, buckets, tubs.
plane - to make (a surface) plain, even, or smooth
flat - the flat surface or portion (of anything)
unwisdom - lack or absence of wisdom; ignorance, folly, stupidity
tante - an aunt; also, an older woman who stands in a close relationship
petted - treated as a pet or favourite, made a pet of, made much of; indulged, spoiled by petting or indulgence.
amene - pleasant, agreeable amen
poof - a sound imitating a short sharp puff of the breath as in blowing something from the mouth, or blowing out a candle; hence an expression of contemptuous rejection.
begorra* - Anglo-Irish alteration of the expletive by God
planxty - an Irish harp melody plenty
abound - overflowing; plentiful; abundant
glor = glory (obs.)
galore - in abundance or plenty
glory be! - Used as a devout ejaculation (short for Glory be to God) in the worship of various religious sects; Hence vulgarly as a mere exclamation expressive of delight.
it's as broad as it's long* - it comes to the same thing either way, it makes no difference.
brass - fig. To cover with effrontery; pass away - to die, expire.
dewdrop* - one of the rounded 'drops' or globules in which dew collects on surfaces on which it is deposited.
top note - the highest note in a singer's compass; topnotch - a highest point possible or attainable.
invoice - a list of the particular items of goods shipped or sent to a factor, consignee, or purchaser, with their value or prices, and charges.
dowd - a person, usually a woman, whose dress and appearance are devoid of smartness and brightness.
whoo - an exclamation of surprise, grief, or other emotion who
medium - Spiritualism, etc. A person who is supposed to be the organ of communications from departed spirits.
witchery* - the use or practice of witchcraft
sledgehammer* - a large heavy hammer used by blacksmiths; sludge - mud, mire, or ooze, covering the surface of the ground or forming a deposit at the bottom of rivers, etc.
operatic* - pertaining to, or of the nature of, opera
register* - the compass of a voice or instrument; the particular range of tones which can be produced by certain voices.
leave - permission asked for or granted to do something
brokerly - of the nature of, or like a broker brotherly
receptacle - that which receives and holds a thing; something into which another thing may be put; a containing vessel, place, or space.
tingle - to cause to tingle; to affect with a thrilling, smarting, or stinging sensation (physical or mental); to sting, excite, stimulate.
cheek to cheek* - Applied to dancing with the cheek of one partner touching that of the other.
chipper - lively, brisk, cheerful; 'chirpy'
padre - a title applied in Italy, Spain, Portugal, and Spanish America, to the regular clergy.
enumerate - to mention (a number of things or persons) separately, as if for the purpose of counting; to specify as in a list or catalogue.
nostrum - a special means or device for accomplishing something; esp. a pet scheme, or favourite remedy, for bringing about some social or political reform or improvement.
vacillant - uncertain, hesitating, wavering
vigilant - one who is wakeful or watchful
belave - to lave about, wash all over believe
close in - to shut in, hem in, enclose
psychical - of or pertaining to the soul or the mind
high jinks* - lively or boisterous sport; romping games or fun; free or unrestrained merry-making.
to fight shy - to keep aloof, avoid intercourse with a person, evade an undertaking, etc.
mughunter* = pothunter - one who takes part in any contest or competition merely for the sake of winning a prize.
suffragate - to delegate, appoint; to vote for
instate - to put (a person) into a certain state or condition; to place in a certain position.