- n. archaic, euphemistic alternative spelling of night soil.
“They stood up for their right not to pay for either John the Murder-Rapist's drawing and quartering or his gaol, or for the costs of instituting a unified disposal system for night-soil, or to lay new roads that they couldn't be absolutely certain they would use.”
“A wooden gate, painted an optimistic yellow, opened from the yard to a night-soil lane.”
“She lay curled up on her side in the busiest and foulest corner of the dormitory, near the long bench with holes where we relieved ourselves all in a row, sitting over hidden night-soil jars.”
“They are now talking about getting rid of the sewage system and going back to night-soil collection, with a side blog discussing the morality of toilet paper.”
“As they walked into the stable yard an altercation could be heard between the butler and the night-soil carter, who had only just arrived to remove the contents of the septic vault.”
“I couldn't see the night-soil bucket, but knew there was one; the thick, acrid tang of it stung my nose, and I automatically began breathing through my mouth as the sheriff pushed me into the room.”
“A policeman shouted, but Harry easily outstripped him, racing through a narrow alley and around the reek of a night-soil wagon.”
“A cart with metal-rimmed wheels went by, the nocturnal visit of the night-soil man visiting homes without plumbing, gathering what kept the rice fields fertile, the cycle of life at its most basic.”
“Each morning a pair of prisoners from the city's civilian jail arrived in leg irons to take away the night-soil buckets, and when these had been emptied and returned, the first meal was served.”
“The potential risk of pathogen transmission from night-soil to farmers and consumers is greater if disposed of repeatedly on the same field during the crop growing period than if night-soil fertilization takes place only during the initial phase of the growing season.”
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