from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To scream hoarsely; screech; shriek; cry, as a fowl.
- n. A hoarse scream; a shriek or screech.
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'Preserve's a'! 'cried Rob; but or he could say anither word, butt the house, scushlin in her bauchles, comes Nancy, rinnin', an 'opens the door wi' a scraich: 'Preserve's a'! 'quo' she, 'Robert, the lum's in a low!'
And she never gae a scraich in her life 'cep' whan she was han'let in a mainner unbecomin '.
Gin there be a God to ca 'oor Father in heaven, I'm no thinkin' that he wad to sae mony bonny tunes pit a scraich for the hinder end.
An 'it's an ill thing to tak sic amen's o' me, as gin I had dune wrang, by garrin 'me troo' at yer grandfather's property was to gang the gait o ''s auld, useless, ill-mainnert scraich o' a fiddle. '
The Luricawne tuk him to nigh the place in the break o’ the hills an’ was goin’ fur to show him, when all at wanst Mike heard the most outprobrious scraich over the head av him that ’ud make the hairs av ye shtand up like a mad cat’s tail.
At the end of the village "she begun to scraich, yer Anner, wid that shtrength you’d think she’d shplit her troat."