- v. present participle of bouse.
“You've been too much sulking when you weren't off bousing, old fellow.”
“_ What! stowe you bene cofe and cut benar whydds; and byng we to some vyle to nyp a bong, so shall we haue lowre for the bousing ken and when we byng back to the deuseauye, we wyll fylche some duddes of the ruffemans, or myll the ken for a lagge of dudes.”
“The _younkers_ are the young men called fore-mast men, to take in the top-sailes, or top and yard, for furling the sailes, or slinging the yards, bousing or trising, and take their turnes at helme.”
“That night Schwartz Carl had been bousing it over a pot of yellow wine in the pantry with his old crony, Master Rudolph, the steward; and the two, chatting and gossiping together, had passed the time away until long after the rest of the castle had been wrapped in sleep.”
“Before him, on the moonlit river, was a large boat, and near it, on the bank, he saw a company of men squatted about a fire and bousing together from a bottle.”
“He was bousing up his jib, as a lad is bound to do, before he takes the breakers.”
“He had been bousing about the countryside somehow -- maybe harrying out of house and hald some puir bodies that hadna the wherewith to pay their rents; so, in riding hame fou -- it was pitmirk, and the rain pouring down in bucketfu's -- he became dumfoundered wi 'the darkness and the dramming thegither; and, losing his way, wandered about the fields, hauling his mare after him by the bridle.”
“The Medico thereupon stole quietly after him; but we did not seem to miss either -- a young sub had usurped the deserted throne, and there we were all once more in full career, singing and bousing, and cracking. bad jokes to our hearts 'content.”
“And, when all's quaff'd, eat up my bousing-glass ”
“Certificate of approval by bousing board. there is any such board, to make a report on such appUcation.”
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