Definitions

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  • n. A method of securing a good draught in chimneys by covering the top, leaving openings in the sides, or by carrying up two of the sides higher than the other two.

Etymologies

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hovel +‎ -ing

Examples

  • 'hovelling' or 'on the look out' for a job in a great gale.

    Heroes of the Goodwin Sands

  • Certainly nothing better describes the Deal boatmen's occupation for long hours of day and night than the expression so well known in Deal, 'on the look-out,' and which thus appears to be equivalent to 'hovelling.'

    Heroes of the Goodwin Sands

  • The town called them Sally Hancock's Gang, she being their leader, though they worked separate, shrimping, cockling, digging for lug and long-lining, bawling fish through Plymouth streets, even a hovelling job at times -- nothing came amiss to them, and no weather.

    News from the Duchy

  • Also about that time the pilotage had decayed in competition with the licensed pilots on St. Ann's, and but a few hovelling jobs in and about Cromwell's Sound fell to the share of the men of Saaron.

    Major Vigoureux

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