Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who spars; one who practises boxing. Thackeray, Adventures of Philip, vii.
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“Same as a sparrer hawk watches a mouse, just afore she stoops.”
“I was makin 'her a cup o' tea one day, and the kittle was bubblin 'and singin', and she begun to laugh, and says she, 'Jane, do you hear that sparrer chirpin' in the peach tree there by the window? ”
“Says she, 'I never hear a sparrer chirpin' and a kittle b'ilin ', that I don't think o' the dinner Mary Andrews had the day Judge McGowan spoke at the big barbecue. ”
“He _would_ go on the ice just below the locks, when it would hardly bear a sparrer, let alone a drunk Robin, and he naturally goes under before he'd gone a dozen yards.”
“Atter dat Tenie sot a sparrer-hawk fer ter watch de tree; en w'en de woodpecker come erlong nex 'mawnin' fer ter finish his nes ', he got gobble' up mos 'fo' he stuck his bill in de bark.”
“What a spry little thing you was, a-hoppin 'about among the mahogany and walnut stuff like a young sparrer!”
“E was weak as a kid and chirpy as a sparrer, and only cursin' becos 'e was out of things for the rest of the war.”
“As for Tony, he was more a fighter than a sparrer.”
“Ye see, sir, though doleful, Mr. Bimby's very kind 'earted, and' e's always a-nussing somebody or something -- last time it were a dog with a broke leg -- ah, I've knowed 'im bring' ome stray cats afore now, many's the time, and once a sparrer.”
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