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  • v. Present participle of wassail.


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  • To go out singing from door to door at Christmas is called wassailing -- a relic of the ancient time when wassail was a common word.

    Field and Hedgerow Being the Last Essays of Richard Jefferies

  • A very old custom was that of "wassailing" the fruit trees on

    A Righte Merrie Christmasse The Story of Christ-Tide

  • This is called "wassailing" the trees, and is thought by some to be "a relic of the heathen sacrifice to Pomona."


  • It was a mad orgy of imagination, wassailing in the skull of a dying man who half sobbed under his breath and was quick with the wild flutter of fading heart-beats.

    Chapter 35

  • When I was a kid, we sang a lot; not just going to the neighbours (wassailing) but also at home.

    This is my tradition, tell me yours « Write Anything

  • An evening's wassailing not being what it once was, Twelfth Night has declined into one of the less widely celebrated of the ancient festivals.

    In praise of … Twelfth Night | Editorial

  • Fearing the dark, into which he observed all men passed, he built beyond the dark a fairer region, a happier hunting-ground, a jollier and robuster feasting-hall and wassailing-place, and called it variously


  • Or, go wassailing in a jolly bow tie or party sock that peeks out from just below your gray flannels.

    Making Merry

  • A fanciful 19th century image of the far older midwinter custom of wassailing — drinking to the health of trees, crops, livestock and people.

    Country diary: St Dominic, Tamar Valley

  • Did your Yuletide wassailing awaken poetic memories and did you recite it loudly to the gathered merrymakers?

    Cryptic crossword No 25,200


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