from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Bustle.
  • noun A dialectal variant of thistle.
  • Same as fizzle, 1.
  • To rustle, as leaves in the wind.
  • To whistle, as wind through a keyhole.
  • To fidget.


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  • As I followed the timeline this weekend I thought we were being taken for a ride by the speculation and odd nature of the story, but thought there would be a fissle of an explanation and it would all be over.

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  • “Ou,” said he (in reference to the operatic singers and the corps de ballet), “he just keeps a curn [76] o 'quainies [77] and a wheen widdyfous [78], and gars them fissle [79], and loup, and mak murgeons [80], to please the great fowk.”

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  • It is unstable, it’s even harder to separate physically than the two isotopes of uranium, and if you try to build a bomb using the easy, “gun” design of the uranium bomb, it will begin to fissle prematurely and thus the bomb will fizzle instead of going boom.

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