from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • The parings of haberdine; also, any kind of fragments.


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  • And M.O.M., besides the problems you mentioned, the best one is where someone bores a hole in the stucco and then pulls some off so you see what was beneath and all the gubbings that made the facade and it just looks craptacular because no one will fix it.


  • We call the shavings of fish (which are little worth) gubbings; and sure it is that they are sensible that the word importeth shame and disgrace.

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  • The scales come off with the scrubbings.

    The salt goes on with the rubbings.

    When the codfish are done

    To dry in the sun

    The gulls come to feast on the gubbings.

    June 2, 2015

  • Anabaptists near Brent, in Devonshire. They had no ecclesiastical order or authority, “but lived in holes, like swine; had all things in common; and multiplied without marriage. Their language was vulgar Devonian… They lived by pilfering sheep; were fleet as horses; held together like bees; and revenged every wrong. One of the society was always elected chief, and called King of the Gubbings.�? 1

    N.B. Their name is from gubbings, the offal of fish (Devonshire).

    Brewer's Dictionary of Fable

    January 11, 2009