from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Heartburn; figuratively, a feeling of shame or aversion.


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  • If he doesn't have a heart-scald of him before he's done with him, I'm no prophet.

    The Good Time Coming

  • "They did indeed," said the crooked woman, "and a heart-scald the same old hatching goose is.

    The King of Ireland's Son

  • "That ain't all in the piece," Pearl explained; "but it's understood, it says something about 'cruel blows from a father's hand when rum had crazed his brain,' and that's the way poor Nan grew up, and I guess if ever any girl got a heart-scald o 'liquor, she did.

    The Second Chance

  • "Isn't it an awful thing?" he asked, addressing the quiet bog-world under the moon, "to think of a little lad like me havin 'to be out in the night facin' all them ghosts and that ould heart-scald of a man burnin 'his knees at home be the fire?

    Love of Brothers

  • "About nineteen, sir, or goin 'an twenty; but he's a, heart-scald to me and the family -- although he's his mother's pet; the divil can't stand him for dress -- and, moreover, he's given to liquor and card-playin', and is altogether goin 'to the bad.

    The Evil Eye; Or, The Black Spector The Works of William Carleton, Volume One


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  • (noun) - Heartburn; figuratively a great disappointment. Also heart-scad. --Joseph Wright's English Dialect Dictionary, 1896-1905

    January 31, 2018

  • "The worst thing a man can do is go bald. Never let yourself go bald." Donald J. Trump

    He looked in the mirror appalled,

    His tonsure a horror and heart-scald

    And took then to building

    With fleece of much gilding

    A pelt to conceal that he's bald.

    October 30, 2016