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  • The Cornish use the word 'dreckly' to mean soon (or 'directly', I guess).


  • Why, dreckly as they let it be nown as they was a willin to make room in their bewtifool Galery for any of the finest picters in the hole country as peepel was wantin to send there, jest to let the world no as they'd got 'em, and that they wos considered good enuff by the

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 102, April 30, 1892

  • And then after the cotton was ginned they took it to the press and you could hear that screw go z-m-m-m and dreckly that 'block and tickle' come down.

    Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves Arkansas Narratives, Part 7

  • Wife, she was cryin 'by this time, an' parson, he claired his th'oat an 'coughed, an' then he commenced walkin 'up an' down, an 'dreckly he stopped, an' says he, speakin 'mighty reverential an' serious:

    Short Stories for English Courses

  • Medical Journal has always to be brought to him dreckly it comes.

    The Philanderer

  • "What we do we must do dreckly, Maaster Jasper," he said; "they be watchin 'for we."

    The Birthright

  • We doan't knaw 'bout oal these things, sur, but anyhow, Maaster Roger was missin 'dreckly after his father's funerl, and hev never bin seed alive since.

    Roger Trewinion

  • 'Ogre's wife, I'll eat _you_, if you don't get me somefin to eat too-dreckly.'


  • "I means to tear it right off dreckly," said the boy, grinning.

    Young Robin Hood

  • Why, it's knowed dreckly all round Mile End ” the werry 'ome of lorst dorgs ” and that there dorg, find him when you wool, why, he ain't worth more'n fourteen bob, sir.'

    The Reminiscences Of Sir Henry Hawkins


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  • "We'll be back dreckly. Dad might be awake, eh."

    Cloudstreet by Tim Winton, p 16 of the Graywolf Press hardcover edition

    March 25, 2010