Gibbs' cribbing: "milk," "bread," "eggs," "hope," and "change."
By ten o'clock in the morning, Bannon figured, the engine would be lifting timbers instead of bundles of cribbing.
There, by cribbing across the bottom, they got in a temporary line.
I don't call it goodness to keep from cribbing when you don't want to crib, and the time to stop is now.
He's been jollying me about that cribbing for the last two weeks.
A better one could be made with cross-ties placed on the cribbing with fore and aft planking on top.
How long do you suppose it would take to get the cribbing down from Ledyard?
The cribbing occurs in the general reflections devoted to the Renaissance.
The barge was there, so the work of loading the cribbing into her began at once.
Hour by hour the piles of cribbing dwindled, and on the elevator the distance from bin walls to post-tops grew shorter.
Old English cribbe "manger, fodder bin in cowsheds and fields," from a West Germanic root (cf. Old Saxon kribbia "manger;" Old Frisian and Middle Dutch kribbe; Old High German krippa, German Krippe "crib, manger") probably related to German krebe "basket." Meaning "child's bed with barred sides" is 1640s; probably from frequent use in reference to the manger where infant Jesus was laid. Thieves' slang for "dwelling house" dates to at least 1812, but late 20c. use probably is independent. The Old High German version passed to French and became creche.
"steal," 17c. from crib (n.) in a secondary sense "a basket;" this probably also is the source of student slang meaning "plagiarize" (1778). Related: Cribbed; cribbing.