If they did not attend to the job of riddling him, his false friends would do it while he was running forward to get aboard.
It is astonishing what a riddling these aeroplanes will stand.
He knew that the masses pressed upon their flank by Stuart and Hill, were riddling them through and through.
"It takes a good deal of riddling before we sort out the wheat and the chaff in our friendships," ventured Loveday.
Well; in that case, the riddling and searching of the twenty-seven millions has been successful.
I had to cross on a plank over a pit before my door, where they were riddling the ore.
This operation by the hand-sieve, is called riddling in the tub, or riddling by deposit.
In the beech woods they can find a forest worm that is riddling the leaves of the beeches.
As a matter of fact, riddling, it's quite another sort of lady has set us by the ears.
I thought the defence would have no difficulty in riddling this woman's testimony, and they have not even made the effort.
"A word game or joke, comprising a question or statement couched in deliberately puzzling terms, propounded for solving by the hearer/reader using clues embedded within that wording" [Oxford Dictionary of English Folklore], early 13c., from Old English rædels "riddle; counsel; conjecture; imagination; discussion," common Germanic (cf. Old Frisian riedsal "riddle," Old Saxon radisli, Middle Dutch raetsel, Dutch raadsel, Old High German radisle, German Rätsel "riddle").
The first element is from Proto-Germanic *redaz-, from PIE *re-dh-, from PIE *re(1)- "to reason, count" (cf. Old English rædan "to advise, counsel, read, guess;" see read (v.)). The ending is Old English noun suffix -els, the -s of which later was mistaken for a plural affix and stripped off. Meaning "anything which puzzles or perplexes" is from late 14c.
"coarse sieve," mid-14c., alteration of late Old English hriddel, dissimilated from hridder, from Proto-Germanic *hrida- (cf. German Reiter), from PIE root *krei- "to sieve," and thus related to Latin cribrum "sieve, riddle," Greek krinein "to separate, distinguish, decide" (see crisis).
"perforate with many holes," 1817 (implied in riddled), earlier "sift" (early 13c.), from Middle English ridelle "coarse sieve," from late Old English hriddel "sieve," altered by dissimilation from Old English hridder "sieve" (see riddle (n.2)).
"to pose as a riddle," 1570s, from riddle (n.1). Related: Riddled; riddler; riddling.
(Heb. hodah). The oldest and, strictly speaking, the only example of a riddle was that propounded by Samson (Judg. 14:12-18). The parabolic prophecy in Ezek. 17:2-18 is there called a "riddle." It was rather, however, an allegory. The word "darkly" in 1 Cor. 13:12 is the rendering of the Greek enigma; marg., "in a riddle."