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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.

    Pushing an elephant up the stairs....

  • Despite the distraction of pain, his detective skills had successfully decoded the human skelf 's eponymous, punctuatory ejaculation.

    Boiling a Frog

  • 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. '

    Heather and Snow

  • 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.

    Heather and Snow

  • They're her beuks maistly upo 'the skelf there abune yer ain, Mr. Sutherlan'.

    David Elginbrod

  • Hewson, an honest cottar, wi 'Shakspeare an' the Arabian Nichts upo 'a skelf i' the hoose wi '' im.

    Robert Falconer


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  • "A whole time can reduce down to a single taste, a moment. A whole person down to the skelf of a self."

    Hotel World by Ali Smith, pp 37-38 of the Anchor paperback edition

    February 3, 2015

  • Scots for a splinter of wood that has gone into the skin.

    August 19, 2009

  • No stars in this black sky, no moon to speak of, no name

    or number to the hour, no skelf of light.

    —Carol Ann Duffy, 'Over'

    June 3, 2009

  • c1610 J. MELVILLE Mem. (1827) 24 They wer hurt..with skelves of stanes be the force of our battery. Ibid. 84 The King Hendre 2 being hurt in the head with the skelv of a spair.

    April 9, 2008