to burn one's bridges* - to go so far in the course of action that one cannot turn back.

babby - Sc. and north dial. f. baby

lee - Chiefly Naut. The sheltered side of any object; hence the side (of a ship, the land, an eminence, etc.) that is turned away from the wind.

hulk - in ME. and later, A large ship of burden or transport, often associated with the carrack; Now arch. and in vague sense = 'big, unwieldy vessel'; the hull of a ship (obs.)

orbit - Confused with orb (Used as a general name for the heavenly bodies (sun, moon, planets, or stars); with reference either to their actual form (= globe), or their apparent form (= disc).)

heave - a swelling or rising up; rhythmical rising (and falling), as of waves, the breast, etc.

juniper - a genus of coniferous evergreen shrubs and trees, of which about thirty species are found in different parts of the northern hemisphere.

arx (l) - hill

dent (f) - tooth

chatter - Of the teeth: To make a noise by rapidly repeated collision.

strait - a narrow or tight place, a time of sore need or of awkward or straitened circumstances,  a difficulty or fix.

smirk - an affected or simpering smile; a silly, conceited, smiling look; a finical, spruce Fellow (obs. slang.)

smeech - to emit smoke or vapor

mobcap - an indoor cap worn by women in the 18th and early 19th c. (often tied under a chin).

shift - a body-garment of linen, cotton, or the like; in early use applied indifferently to men's and women's underclothing; subsequently, a woman's 'smock' or chemise.

at random - at great speed, without consideration, care, or control.

to go the pace - to go along at great speed; fig. to proceed with reckless vigour of action.

galleon - a kind of vessel, shorter but higher than the galley; a ship of war, esp. Spanish.

jovial - characterized by hearty mirth, humour, or good fellowship; merry, jolly.

bucky - like a buck

nightmare - a female spirit or monster supposed to beset people and animals by night, settling upon them when they are asleep and producing a feeling of suffocation by its weight.

Lilliputian* - an inhabitant of Lilliput; hence, a person of diminutive size, character, or mind.

bar* - Esp. in Betting, indicating the number of horses excluded from odds being offered.

io - a Greek and Latin exclamation of joy or triumph

twilling - a twilled fabric or texture                                                                                                                                         twin

Ganymede - a Trojan youth, whom Zeus made his cupbearer; a cupbearer, a youth who serves out liquor; a catamite; the name given to the largest satellite of the planet Jupiter.

paramere* - each of the halves of a bilaterally symmetrical animal, or of a segment or somite of such.


Persian blinds* - outside window-shutters or blinds, made of light laths horizontally fastened in a frame, so as to be movable, like those of Venetian blinds.

photoflash - a flash of light produced to enable a photograph to be taken.

Urania - Astr. One of the planetoids or asteroids.                 Urania (l) - the muse of astronomy;                 Ourania (gr) - heaven.

Titan* - Astron. Name of the largest of Saturn's satellites.

rumour - a statement or report circulating in a community, of the truth of which there is no clear evidence.

rhodon (gr) - rose

beset - to set or station themselves round, to surround with hostile intent; fig. To encompass, surround, assail, possess detrimentally.

phoebe - the name of Artemis or Diana as goddess of the moon; the moon personified (poet.)

flaxen - ? Of the colour of the flax-flower, azure

beautyship* - the personality of a 'beauty.' Used sportively in address; cf. ladyship.

jettyblack - jet-black

...the female name Nan, familiar form of Ann(e

doom - fate, lot, irrevocable destiny

ephemeral - that is in existence, power, favour, popularity, etc. for a short time only; short-lived; transitory.

peer - to look narrowly, esp. in order to discern something indistinct or difficult to make out.

to weigh down* - to draw, force, or bend down by pressure of weight; fig. to depress, oppress, lie heavy on.

morral - a dark-coloured horse;                         moral - a moralist (Obs. rare.)

trundle - to go, walk, or run easily or rapidly; to go away, 'be off'; also, to walk unsteadily or with a rolling gait.

to pay up - to pay the full amount of (what is) owing up to the time.

stick - a 'wooden' person; one lacking in capacity for his work, or in geniality of manner;  Theatr. an indifferent actor;
stick in the mud* - one that is slow, old fashioned or unprogressive.

slog - to walk heavily or doggedly; to hit or strike hard

paunch - the belly, abdomen

mace - a sceptre or staff of office, resembling in shape the weapon of war, which is borne before (or was formerly carried by) certain officials.

capapie* - from head to foot, at all points

askew - oblique, made or standing awry

trembly* - tremulous

wick - the bundle of fibre, now usually loosely twisted or woven cotton in a lamp, candle, or taper;         to dip (one's) wick - of a man, to engage in sexual intercourse.

pixy - in local folk-lore a name for a supposed supernatural being akin to a fairy.


licker - one who or something which licks

smoky* - Of a chimney: Inclined to send out smoke into the room.

duff - to dress or manipulate (a thing) fraudulently, so as to make it look like new or to give it the appearance of something which it is not.

coverpoint - Cricket. A fielder who stands behind, and a little to the bowler's side of, 'point', to stop and return such balls as are not fielded by the latter; his position in the field.

batter - one who bats; esp. the player who uses the bat in the game of cricket.

stump - Jocularly used for: A leg

bounder - a person of objectionable manners or anti-social behaviour; a cad.

yorker - an inhabitant of York or Yorkshire; Cricket. The ordinary definition of a 'yorker' is a ball that pitches inside the crease, and this, no doubt, is correct so far as it goes, but it does not go far enough. It really should be, any ball that pitches directly underneath the bat. It is quite possible for a man to be bowled out with a 'yorker' when he is two or three yards out of his ground, if he misjudges the ball, and allows it to pitch directly beneath his bat, although the ball pitches as far from the crease as he is standing. The most deadly sort of 'yorker', however, is the one that pitches about three or four inches inside the crease.