from The Century Dictionary.
- noun An old, worn-out person or implement.
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Everybody knew him, and everybody wanted to hear him, and hushel into silence.
In 1650 a vote passed "That the freeholders attend town meeting within half an hour after the time notified and continue in town meeting till sun set, unless the same is sooner closed, on penalty of paying half a hushel of corn."