Page:The Folk-Lore Journal Volume 7 1889.djvu/379

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DEEBYSHIRE SAYINGS.

[Contributed to the Derby shire Advertiser by GEORGE HiBBERT.]

A wiuk is as good as a nod to a blind horse.

Afore I'd do that, I'd run my yed atween Will Shore's two trees on Oaker, [Oaker Hill is on the west side of Darley Dale. Two trees on the top of it are said to mark the site of a fratricide, and can be seen for a long distance. Of. " An Attempt at a Derbyshire Glossary," by J. Sleigh, in the Reliquary for 1865.]

All awry like Dick's hatband.

As bug [?] as bull-beef.

As crooked as Eobin Hood's bow. [See BoUn Hood below.]

As dear as cinnamon.

As drunk as David's sow.

As hollow as my shoon when my foot's out on't.

As ill scauden as brunt [=it is as bad to be scalded as burnt].

As lazy as Ludlam's dog that laid him down to bark. [Ray.]

As lean as a shot-herring, [how did this saying come so far inland?].

As mony rags as th' parson preaches on.

As merry as a grig.

As near dead as a toucher [?].

As nitle as a tup-maiden [=as smart as a boy who does woman's work] .

As pratty as paint.

As right as a trivet.

As safe as Chelsea.

As sound as a roach.

As thin as a grew'nd [greyhound].

As thick as inkle-weavers; or, as two in a bed.

As throng [busy] as Throp's wife ; and she hanged hersen in a dish- clout. Vol. 7. — Part 4. 2 c