from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of screeve.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Begging by means of letters, petitions, or the like; writing false or exaggerated accounts of afflictions and privations, in order to receive charity; drawing or writing on the pavements with colored chalks.


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  • The crowd was gathered round a street-artist who was "screeving," or drawing pictures on the pavement in colored chalks.

    Jan of the Windmill

  • He had not earned a penny at screeving, all the pitches under shelter being taken, and for several hours he had begged outright, with one eye on the policemen.

    Down and Out in Paris and London

  • For a while Paddy and I stayed on the Embankment, talking, and Bozo gave us an account of the screeving trade.

    Down and Out in Paris and London

  • In the few weeks of his apprenticeship to screeving, Jan had improved more quickly than he might have done under such teaching as the Squire had been willing to procure for the village genius.

    Jan of the Windmill

  • A man I knowed was grand at screeving, but he said himself he was nowheres on paper.

    Jan of the Windmill


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