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- n. Old rope or iron chains wound around a cable.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Old rope or iron chains wound around a cable. See keckle, v. t.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Nautical, the material used to keckle a cable.
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A cock pheasant made a most admired stir and keckling in seeing his wife and brood to roost on the branches of one of King James's age-old Scotch firs.
They gang about keckling and screighing after the working men, like
I wouldna be deaved wi 'your keckling for a' your eggs.
"Now I take this very kind, Mr. Craig; for I could not have expected you, considering ye have got, as I am told, your jo in the house"; at which words the Doctor winked paukily to Mr. Daff, who rubbed his hands with fainness, and gave a good-humoured sort of keckling laugh.