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(informal) a headlong or spectacular fall (esp in the phrase come a purler)


(Austral, slang) something outstanding in its class
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  • purler, a heavy fall from a horse in the hunting or steeplechasing field.

    The Slang Dictionary John Camden Hotten
  • It was precisely the attitude of one who has had a purler at football.

    Tomaso's Fortune and Other Stories Henry Seton Merriman
  • If I come a purler it will not be for the first time where women are concerned.

    Cynthia's Chauffeur

    Louis Tracy
  • Gel I know—relative of mine she is, by marriage—goes a purler with a chap.

    Rest Harrow Maurice Hewlett
  • One of them beggars had come up behind, and swung his gun round, and fetched him a purler on the back of his head.

    The Gamekeeper at Home Richard Jefferies

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