from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Dialectal corruptions of heronsew.
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-- then jest as we was a gittin 'off, he cools down suddint like, an' 'e sez, sez' e: 'Take a note to the dam passon for me, an' bring a harnser, an 'I'll give yer somethink when yer gits back.'
And as for 'armless as doves and no match for sarpints, ye may be all that and more, which is no sort of argyment and when I sez' what mischief are ye all up to 'I sez it, and expecks a harnser, and a harnser I'll' ave, or I'll reckon to know the reason why! "