dirt or refuse removed by scouring.
refuse removed from grain.
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How to use scourings in a sentence
Whence come these churchyard scourings, these skulls and crossbones set up on end?Joan of the Sword Hand | S(amuel) R(utherford) Crockett
Most of the gilding was worn off by the frequent scourings which it had undergone beneath the hands of a black slave.Grandfather's Chair | Nathaniel Hawthorne
But it is by him and men like him, and not by the scourings of the galleys, that we can get to understand the spirit of the time.Lectures on the French Revolution | John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
So when the cream is off, the rest of the clergy are plainly but skim milk, the scourings of the seminaries.En Route | J.-K. (Joris-Karl) Huysmans
Easy enough to find one of the scourings of Troyes—perhaps an innocent girl once, before she knew him!In the Day of Adversity | John Bloundelle-Burton
British Dictionary definitions for scourings
the residue left after cleaning grain
residue that remains after scouring
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