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- v. Present participle of ferule.
- n. Punishment with a ferule.
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"This was to be the old-fashioned 'feruling' of the hand.
His crowning act was feruling a little boy, as ingenuous and innocent-hearted a child as ever breathed, on the tops of his finger-nails -- a refinement of cruelty beyond all previous example.
To be sure, somebody who ought to know, told me it was the lightest ` ` feruling '' ever child received; but Daisy and Tommy both assured their mothers that it was the ` ` dreadfulest, cruelest, hardest whipping ever was. ''
For another full minute he stared down at the girl, but he apparently had no longer any thought of feruling her.
Schoolmaster Grimshaw's invitation, on the platform in the recitation - room of the Temple Grammar School -- sitting on the very platform with the green baize-covered table to which he had many a time marched up sideways to take a feruling.
"You look as if Master Purple had been feruling you."