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- adj. threefold
- n. A set of oil drilling pipes having three joints
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Triple; treble; threefold.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Treble; triple; threefold.
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Double and "thribble" bowls of punch were commonly served, holding respectively two and three quarts each, and many existing bills show what large amounts were drunk.
When you're going through Lister's little speech on what sorts of toast he doesn't want, and you've got the words "Rameses Niblick the 3rd, kerplunk, kerplunk, whoops! where's my thribble" in your head, it's time to admit you have a problem.
No sooner had we gained it than we were met by the company that were sent out to meet the troops, who informed us 5 they were just upon us and that we must retreat, as their number was more than thribble to ours.
As a result, most of the big oil men, especially those engaged in production, are graduates of the school of hard knocks; they are big-fisted, harsh-handed fellows who are as thoroughly at home on the "thribble board" of a derrick as at a desk or a directors 'table, and they are quite as colorful as the oil fields themselves.
'The ones _I_ got are all right,' Jane said; 'I know they are, because the man at the shop said they were worth thribble the money --'
'Well!' he said, 'I suppose I must let you have it, but it's worth thribble the money, so it is --'
Didn't our land more'n thribble, from a dollar and a quarter?
Lors! it's a thribble letter for -- for Marian Mayfield!
Shall we each have a room or must we double up or thribble -- "
It may thribble again, time they're old as we are now. "