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  • Roger one of those worthy parish clerks who could be accused of merely humming the psalms through the nostrils as a sack-butt, but much oftener instructed and amused his fellow-parishioners with the amorous ditties of the _Waiting Maid's Lamentation_, or one of those national songs which awake the remembrance of glorious deeds, and make each man burn with the enthusiasm of the conquering hero.

    Irish Wit and Humor Anecdote Biography of Swift, Curran, O'Leary and O'Connell

  • You, sir, unless my memory fails me (for I did steep it somewhat too deeply in the sack-butt), took some share in my hazard?”

    Kenilworth

  • You, sir, unless my memory fails me (for I did steep it somewhat too deeply in the sack-butt), took some share in my hazard? "

    Kenilworth

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  • Beautiful. Just beautiful.

    March 14, 2007

  • Priceless.

    February 14, 2007

  • Obsolete. A butt of sack. (No, seriously.)

    Usage: 1623 MARKHAM English Housewife, ii. 149: "The depth of every Sack-Butt is the foure pricks next to the puncheon."

    February 13, 2007