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  • n. A narrow passageway or alley often between terraced houses.


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  • 'I don't know what a "ginnel" is; but "fettle" is a verb.

    Sarah's School Friend

  • I saw some country men and women get in, and I just followed them; and, oh Sarah, what does "ginnel" mean, and a "fettle"? '

    Sarah's School Friend

  • Half-an-hour later the party in the motor stopped at the point of the main street from which a 'ginnel' or alley led to the Mickleroyds 'house, in one of the oldest parts of the town, and quite near the mills.

    Sarah's School Friend

  • A left fork along the brook, by Chorlton Park, the allotments, the garage in the ginnel.

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  • "You and Vera it'd be like throwing a chipolata up a ginnel," she giggled.

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  • And what particular one do you want to go up -- the ginnel against my mill? 'he inquired.

    Sarah's School Friend

  • 'We've come to go up a ginnel,' said Horatia, her eyes twinkling.

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  • Oh miss, come into the ginnel [alley] till these men pass, 'cried Naomi, pulling Sarah into the said' ginnel, 'just in time to avoid a party of young men, who were evidently very excited, and were anathematising Mark Clay.

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  • I want to say I've been up one, and I can't bring it in unless I say, "I went up a ginnel at Ousebank,"'explained Horatia.

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  • Yon's a ginnel we are just passing, 'said the chauffeur to Horatia, slowing down as they passed what is generally called an alley, to which he pointed.

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  • The alleys in Yorkshire are dim

    With hazards to life and to limb.

    There's many a gin mill

    Down a dark ginnel

    Where drinking's determined and grim.

    April 13, 2017

  • Ginnel is a Yorkshire word meaning alley.

    July 7, 2009