from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Flock made out of old woolen materials by the machine called a devil; shoddy. See devil, n., 9 .
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But while the armorer is thrusting in his devil's-dust, and dropping his ball, and lighting his flambeau, I can very easily loose six shafts, or eight maybe, so he hath no great vantage after all.
The Honourable Member complains unmusically that there is 'devil's-dust' in Yorkshire cloth.
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