sibbens


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sibbens

A skin condition described in 17th- and 18th-century Scotland and caused by spirochetes, resembling endemic nonvenereal treponemal infection (the yaws).
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Dunstan, whose nature it was to care more for immediate annoyances than for remote consequences, no sooner recovered his legs, and saw that it was all over with Wildfire, than he felt a satisfaction at the absence of witnesses to a position which no swaggering could make enviable.
What do you mean, Telemachus," replied Antinous, "by this swaggering talk?
Tan, lanky, awkward fellows came in squads, and companies, and regiments, swaggering along, dressed in their brown homespun clothes and blue yarn stockings.
At anchor a schooner looks better; she has an aspect of greater efficiency and a better balance to the eye, with her two masts distributed over the hull with a swaggering rake aft.
In a twinkling his swaggering was at an end, and he dodged behind his horse to escape the expected shot.
Even the hardy, swaggering half-breed seemed cowed.
He carried his head very jauntily in the air, had a swaggering style of walking, and was, above all else, remarkable for his extraordinary height.
There was no frantic crowding and jostling, no shouting and swearing, and no swaggering intrusion of services by rowdy hackmen.
The children of the town steal round to watch them, wondering; and brawny country wenches, laughing, draw near to bandy ale- house jest and jibe with the swaggering troopers, so unlike the village swains, who, now despised, stand apart behind, with vacant grins upon their broad, peering faces.
Anatole with his swaggering air strode up to the window.
It was Red-Eye, swaggering down the centre of the run-way and scowling fiercely with his inflamed eyes.
Ah, we blokies kin lick deh hull damn Row," said a child, swaggering.