- From make + bate. (Wiktionary)
“But after all he pays well that pays with gold; and Mike Lambourne was never a makebate, or a spoil-sport, or the like.”
“[Sidenote: 2 Object.] [Sidenote: A makebate.] [Sidenote: Tenterden steeple.]”
“Barillon was therefore directed to act, with all possible precautions against detection, the part of a makebate.”
“Troublemakers: scapegrace ` wild and unprincipled, 'rakehell ` lewd and dissolute,' scarebabe (- bairn in Scotland), drawblood, flingbrand, blowcoal, makebate (as in ` debate '), stirpassion and stirstrife (why the wildflower loosestrife is accused of this propensity I know not), spitfire and shitefire”
“(25, 294) See also bunkum. makebate, n. contentious person.”
“Grandfather Adams discusses a petition opposing the Erie Canal which was signed by every makebate, dawplucker and mal-content. meteorastic, adj. denoting a school of medicine that believed that all diseases came from the air.”
“Angus answered somewhat sulkily, that “he was no makebate, or stirrer-up of quarrels; he would rather be a peacemaker.”
““It is not necessary you should altogether abandon him, though you dismiss him to another service, or to a calling better suiting his station and character,” said the preacher; “elsewhere he maybe an useful and profitable member of the commonweal — here he is but a makebate, and a stumbling-block of offence.”
“All this, as was most natural and proper, only stimulated the Lady’s curiosity; neither was her importunity to be parried with, — “Thank God, I am no makebate — no tale-bearer, — thank God, I never envied any one’s favour, or was anxious to propale their misdemeanour-only, thank God, there has been no bloodshed and murder in the house — that is all.””
“Your lordship knows with what unwilling ears we listen to evil surmises against those whom we love; and I thank Heaven I am no makebate or informer, to be the first to sow them.””
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