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But a mere skelf of a girl beating up another one on a busy street shouln't last seconds before someone gets involved.
Despite the distraction of pain, his detective skills had successfully decoded the human skelf 's eponymous, punctuatory ejaculation.
It was howkit oot -- whether oot o 'hard yird or saft stane, I dinna ken; I reckon it wud be some no sae hard kin' o 'a rock -- and whan the deid was laid intil 't, they biggit up the mou o' the place, that is, frae that same skelf to the ane 'at was abune 't, and sae a' was weel closed in. '
It wasna an ill w'y to beery fowk, nor an ill place to gang til, for they aye biggit up the skelf, ye ken.
They're her beuks maistly upo 'the skelf there abune yer ain, Mr. Sutherlan'.
Hewson, an honest cottar, wi 'Shakspeare an' the Arabian Nichts upo 'a skelf i' the hoose wi '' im.