from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To addle the brain of; make a fool of.
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My Odyssean friend who often goes by the sobriquet "dung beattle" when commenting here has sent me a link to a charming site called Talk Tidy: The Online Home of Wenglish, based on two books by John Edwards:John Edwards has made his lifetime study, the peculiarities of the Welsh/English dialect.
We swam and little did we know that after we retreaved from the ocean a bull sea lion the size of a VW beattle would saunter out of the sea and lay itself where we were previously basking.