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  • n. Alternative spelling of night soil.


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  • They stood up for their right not to pay for either John the Murder-Rapist's drawing and quartering or his gaol, or for the costs of instituting a unified disposal system for night-soil, or to lay new roads that they couldn't be absolutely certain they would use.

    Jilly Gagnon: A TEA Party Thanksgiving

  • A wooden gate, painted an optimistic yellow, opened from the yard to a night-soil lane.

    Let The Dead Lie

  • She lay curled up on her side in the busiest and foulest corner of the dormitory, near the long bench with holes where we relieved ourselves all in a row, sitting over hidden night-soil jars.


  • They are now talking about getting rid of the sewage system and going back to night-soil collection, with a side blog discussing the morality of toilet paper.

    Coyote Blog » Blog Archive » New Online Interface

  • As they walked into the stable yard an altercation could be heard between the butler and the night-soil carter, who had only just arrived to remove the contents of the septic vault.

    The Scandal of the Season

  • I couldn't see the night-soil bucket, but knew there was one; the thick, acrid tang of it stung my nose, and I automatically began breathing through my mouth as the sheriff pushed me into the room.

    A Breath of Snow and Ashes

  • A policeman shouted, but Harry easily outstripped him, racing through a narrow alley and around the reek of a night-soil wagon.

    December 6

  • A cart with metal-rimmed wheels went by, the nocturnal visit of the night-soil man visiting homes without plumbing, gathering what kept the rice fields fertile, the cycle of life at its most basic.

    December 6

  • Each morning a pair of prisoners from the city's civilian jail arrived in leg irons to take away the night-soil buckets, and when these had been emptied and returned, the first meal was served.

    Sharpe's Tiger

  • The potential risk of pathogen transmission from night-soil to farmers and consumers is greater if disposed of repeatedly on the same field during the crop growing period than if night-soil fertilization takes place only during the initial phase of the growing season.

    Chapter 6


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