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  • v. Present participle of grass.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The exposing of linen cloth in fields to the influence of air, moisture, and light for the purpose of bleaching.
  • n. The act or practice of working for a second employer elsewhere, after working the regular time for one's principal employer: so called by trade-unions, which rule out the practice in order to increase the opportunities for men who are out of work. Also called smooting and foxing.


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  • However, for understandable recent-historical reasons the idea of grassing up your neighbours to the authorities is pretty taboo here, so I didn't.

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  • Give fanatics shorter jail terms for 'grassing' says Government's anti-terror law watchdog

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  • Stephen Parish, prosecuting, said the motive for the burglary was unclear but may have been out of revenge for the occupants apparently "grassing" to the police about a previous burglary.

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  • The culture against 'grassing' or helping the police is strong in sections of the black community.

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  • At his sentencing, Licorish appeared with a large bandage across his face from where he said he was slashed by another prisoner for the 'grassing' incident, needing 104 stitches.

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  • The defence solicitor said he swore at the first female, also using the word "grassing".

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  • Memo to Gray: drop symbolic policies in each: the authoritarian anti-social behaviour agenda of awarding kids prizes for 'grassing' on their neighbours, and the whole PFI / PPP agenda, would make an ideal two.

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  • "The motive for the offence - 'grassing' on the whole family for drug dealing - was regarded by the judge as significant.

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  • It's okay in this instance, because Waterfront Park is the product of grassing over paved areas!

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  • Of course, this is intentional on the empty suit Obama's part so that he can blame her rather than himself for failures in the world. robert grassing

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