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“I would hardly,” said the Marquis, “consent to your throwing away your birthright in this manner, were I not perfectly confident that Lady Ashton, or Lady Douglas, or whatever she calls herself, will, as Scotchmen say, keep her threep; and that her husband dares not contradict her.”
Cupid's shaft, as the Father called it; and mony a time Simon wad threep it to me after I was married -- gude man, he liked not it suld be said that he was seen out o 'the body!
But they stick to it that theyll be streekit, and hae an auld wife when theyre dying to rhyme ower prayers, and ballants, and charms, as they ca them, rather than theyll hae a minister to come and pray wi themthats an auld threep o theirs; and I am thinking the man that died will hae been ane o the folk that was shot when they burnt Woodbourne.
Chapter XLV 1917
Od, they threep in our country that there are sic things.
Chapter LIII 1917
I followed Mr Gladstone's Home Rule policy, and used to threep about the noble, generous, warm-hearted sister nation held in a foreign bondage.
Mr. Standfast John Buchan 1907
John Thomas will overlook and scold and order his thousand hands all day, talk even his mother down while he eats his dinner, and then lecture or lead his Musical Union, or conduct a poor man's concert, or go to ` the Weaver's Union, 'and what he calls ` threep them' for two or three hours that labor is ruining capital, and killing the goose that lays golden eggs for them.
Though folk say he has a league wi Satan, he canna be sic an incarnate devil as no to take some pity in a case like mine; and folk threep he'll whiles do good, charitable sort o 'things.
The Black Dwarf 1898
When folk tauld him that Janet was sib to the deil, it was a 'superstition by his way of it; an' when they cast up the Bible to him an 'the witch of Endor, he wad threep it doun their thrapples that thir days were a' gane by, and the deil was mercifully restrained.
Masterpieces of Mystery, Vol. 1 (of 4) Ghost Stories Joseph Lewis French 1897
"Mess, lads, but he'd be a reet good Parli'ment man to threep about the nation."
A Son of Hagar A Romance of Our Time Hall Caine 1892
And Angus he was fair mad, I can tell ye, and he said to Wilson, 'Thoo stammerin' and yammerin 'taistrel, thoo; I'll pluck a lock of thy threep.
The Shadow of a Crime A Cumbrian Romance Hall Caine 1892