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




Australian slang something outstanding in its class

Word Origin for purler

of unknown origin
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Examples from the Web for purler

Historical Examples of purler

  • 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.

  • If I come a purler it will not be for the first time where women are concerned.

  • 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