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