from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An allowance of ale claimed as a perquisite by a blacksmith on the first shoeing of a horse.


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  • I might have ridden him from the day on which the blacksmith drank his colt-ale, for we understood each other exactly, and I was as comfortable on his back as in my bed at the

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  • Ale claimed as a perquisite by the blacksmith on shoeing a horse for the first time. To shoe the colt is also a quaint expression of demanding a contribution on his first introduction to any office or employment.

    William Carr, Dialect of Craven, 1828

    February 4, 2009