from The Century Dictionary.

  • To drain with underground stone gutters.
  • noun A watercourse.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Prov. Eng. A water course.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun UK, dialect A watercourse.


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  • watercourse

    January 22, 2009

  • "A neighboring farmer whose terrier had been missing for nearly a week observed tell-tale scratches by a drock or drain under a gateway. He opened it up and found the dog face to face with a badger. Neither had been able to move back, as their hind quarters only bunched up in the attempt."

    - F.H. Maundrell, Wilts., printed in the British rural agriculture periodical "The Countryman, Winter, 1956, p. 706.

    September 29, 2009

  • * is tempted to subscribe to The Countryman . For the long winter evenings that lie ahead. *

    September 29, 2009

  • The Countryman deserves its own list, since you have such a big stash, hh.

    Meanwhile, the image of the dog and badger stuck fast, furiously growling at each other, frantically but ineffectually backpedalling the while, will entertain me privately for days and weeks to come.

    September 29, 2009

  • yarb, I've considered your list suggestion for a while now.... so many interesting gleanings from times gone by - defunct professions, local and colloquial sayings and words, and enough relative quotations of such that would burst a few barrel staves at least.

    September 29, 2009