from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In New England, a social gathering for the purpose of paring apples, which are then dried and preserved for winter use. See bee, n., 3.
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So when an invitation came for me to a husking-frolic, or a paring-bee, or a dance, I was not allowed to go.
The marvelous cures the almanac recorded were of little interest, and were chiefly read by the older folk, but the young men reveled in the jokes to be found at the bottom of every page, their only drawback being that one could never tell the stories at a paring-bee or other social gathering, because everyone in the company had read them.
And so the conversation, once started, went on as briskly as possible about the paring-bee, and the spelling-school, and the new singing-master who was coming, and how Jack Thompson had gone to