from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. a tract of land between the Esk and the Sark, claimed by both England and Scotland; the Batable Ground.
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Primus lived in the debatable land between Oldtown and Needmore, and so was at the call of all who needed an extra hand in both parishes.
For the principal complaints made are about the debatable land of Bogos, which Ismail Pasha claims to have annexed in 1870, but which the Abyssinians deny; the free passage and proper protection of merchandise to the sea, instead of its being plundered while in transit, as is now done; and lastly, the giving up of a renegade Abyssinian, Ras-ul-Riah, who, although head of all this looting, is protected by the