from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a fibre, especially a fibre of hemp or flax, or an individual fibre of a feather
- n. A barb, or barbs, of a fine large feather, as of a peacock or ostrich, used in dressing artificial flies.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A filamentous substance; especially, the filaments of flax or hemp.
- n. A barb, or barbs, of a fine large feather, as of a peacock or ostrich, -- used in dressing artificial flies.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To drag upon the ground; drag along with force or violence; trail.
- To entangle; confuse.
- To cut a slit in one of the hind legs of (a dead animal), in order to suspend it.
- To rough-east (a wall) with lime.
- To be dragged or pulled.
- To trail; drag one's self.
- n. The act of dragging.
- n. Flax, hemp, wool, hair, or other filaments as drawn out or hackled.
- n. A barb of a feather from a peacock's tail, used as a hackle in dressing fly-hooks. Also herl, hurl.
- n. Property obtained by means not accounted honorable.
- n. A considerable but indefinite quantity.
- n. A leash (three) of hounds.
To "harl" is to drag slowly, and with imperfect success; a "harl" of anything expresses defect both in value and form.
Perhaps "harl" is a vegan or something but I think it's more likely that s/he's a rabid Islamophobe.
Here's one from a "harl" commenting on a post by Roy Hattersley on CiF.
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_ -- The Peacock Harl -- dubbed with ruddy peacock's harl, warped with green silk, and a red cock's hackle over that.
The Black Palmer -- dubbed with black copper coloured peacock's harl, and
White Palmer -- dubbed with white peacock's harl, and a black hackle over it.
A country fellow enumerating the miserable ailments that beset his poor Mother, added lastly, "and ony harl o 'health she has is ay about mealtime."
Carlyle keeps saying he is very bilious, etc., but he looks very passably, is not so desperately "/ill to deal wi '/" as you and I have known him, and has always a good "harl o 'health at meal-time."