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skelp1

or scelp

[skelp] /skɛlp/ Scot. and North England
noun
1.
a slap, smack, or blow, especially one given with the open hand.
2.
the sound of such a slap or smack.
verb (used with object)
3.
to slap, smack, or strike (someone), especially on the buttocks; spank.
4.
to drive (animals) by slapping or goading them.
Origin of skelp1
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English; probably imitative

skelp2

[skelp] /skɛlp/
noun
1.
metal in strip form that is fed into various rolls and welded to form tubing.
Origin
First recorded in 1805-15; perhaps special use of skelp1
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Historical Examples
  • If dey'd piped me off den, dey'd have took me skelp, all right.

  • Hed admire to take a skelp, that Tomcat would, but hes shy the sand.

    The Sunset Trail Alfred Henry Lewis
  • I'm not a-going to have my skelp a-hanging to your belt for days and days, like the rest of them.

    The Graysons Edward Eggleston
  • I heard one boy say to another:—'I'll give you a skelp (blow) on the puss.'

  • Some redskins haven't sense enough to let a skelp alone, but he has.

    The Red Mustang William O. Stoddard
  • That'll be safer fer my skelp, an' hit'll let less whisky out'n the hole.

    The Covered Wagon Emerson Hough
  • But they lifted off old Hodsie's skelp and left him out to die, And if it hadn't been for me, he'd been in the sweet by and by.

    Cowboy Songs Various
  • It was not every man, he proudly asserted, who could receive and survive a skelp o' the Deil's tail!

    A Golfing Idyll Violet Flint
  • Kilt yer coats, ye cutty, and skelp at it withouten fear or dread!

  • When Bob Mahony hit him the skelp on the head wid the sut bag, his eye popped out of his head on the road.

British Dictionary definitions for skelp

skelp1

/skɛlp/
verb
1.
(transitive) to slap
noun
2.
a slap
Word Origin
C15: probably of imitative origin

skelp2

/skɛlp/
noun
1.
sheet or plate metal that has been curved and welded to form a tube
Word Origin
C19: perhaps from Scottish Gaelic sgealb thin strip of wood
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