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- adj. clever
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A claw.
- n. See cleavers, 1.
- n. A dialectal form of cleaver.
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I didn't see it at the first, and he was that cliver and insinuatin ', and had such a way o' talkin ', and made so much o' me, I couldn't but listen to him for a while.
He'd ben thinkin ', 'fore 'a cud onderstaand them, that what they'd be talkin' about to ayche awther wed be somethin 'cureyus an' mighty cliver, all sorts o 'strange owld saycrets, s'pose.
Some do say 'a was cliver, too, weth it all, an 'cut out that there mermaid in the church [C] what the folks do come from miles round to see.
Whin cliver, edjucated knockabouts like Gully du go bad; begob, they make th 'very wurrst kind av criminals.
"And, faith, but it's a cliver boy you are," said the weary one admiringly, when the other had explained his method.
"Faith, an 'it's a cliver boy y'are," said Mr Button admiringly, as he leaned luxuriously against a cocoa-nut tree, and contemplated Dick's handiwork.
I've seen a vast o 'dogs, but Rip was t' prettiest picter of a cliver fox-tarrier 'at iver I set eyes on.
Orth'ris's work, though niver so cliver, was nobut skin-deep.
Rare good company he was, if I hadn't wanted to wring his cliver little neck half of the time.
But Mulvaney an 'me stopped thot, knowin' Orth'ris's work, though niver so cliver, was nobbut skin-deep.
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