Definitions

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  • n. inferior movables, especially those collected by depredation

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Movables of an inferior description; especially, such as have been collected by depredation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See spreaghery.

Etymologies

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Compare Gaelic spreidh cattle.

Examples

  • I grant most of your folk left the Highlands, expedited as it were, and free from the encumbrance of baggage; but it is unspeakable the quantity of useless sprechery which they have collected on their march.

    The Waverley

  • I grant most of your folk left the Highlands expedited as it were, and free from the incumbrance of baggage; but it is unspeakable the quantity of useless sprechery which they have collected on their march.

    Waverley — Volume 2

  • I grant most of your folk left the Highlands, expedited as it were, and free from the incumbrance of baggage; but it is unspeakable the quantity of useless sprechery which they have collected on their march, I saw one fellow of yours (craving your pardon once more) with a pier-glass upon his back. '

    Waverley: or, 'Tis sixty years since

  • Taking matters into account, therefore, and considering that it is not good for man to be alone, Nanse and me laid our heads together towards the taking a bit house in the fore-street of Dalkeith; and at our leisure kept a look-out about buying the plenishing -- the expense of which, for different littles and littles, amounted to more than we expected; yet, to our hearts 'content, we made some most famous second-hand bargains of sprechery, amongst the old-furniture warehousemen of the Cowgate.

    The Life of Mansie Wauch tailor in Dalkeith

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