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thirl

[thurl] /θɜrl/
verb (used with object), British Dialect.
1.
to pierce.
2.
to thrill.
Origin of thirl
1000
before 1000; Middle English thirlen, Old English thyrlian, derivative of thyrel hole. See nostril
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  • They might be incomers, but they were thirled to Gillesbeg all the same, as I found later on.

    John Splendid Neil Munro
  • Thurlestone takes its name from a 'thirled' or pierced rock, on the shore through which the waves have drilled an arch.

British Dictionary definitions for thirled

thirl1

/θɜːl/
verb
1.
(transitive) (dialect)
  1. to bore or drill
  2. to thrill
Word Origin
Old English thyrelian, from thyrel hole; see nostril

thirl2

/θɪrl; θɜːl/
verb
1.
(transitive) (mainly Scot) to enslave; bind
Word Origin
C16: variant of earlier thrillthrall
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