[skouuh r-ingz, skou-er-]
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Origin of scourings

First recorded in 1580–90; see origin at scour1, -ing1, -s3 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for scourings

Historical Examples of scourings

  • The population of Suez was said to comprise the scourings of all nations.

  • And out of the scourings of that vast mass of chalk was our gravel-pit made.

  • They were generally commanded by ruffians, and manned with desperadoes of all nations—the scourings of the French galleys.

    Peter Biddulph

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • They do not know, in their pitiable ignorance, the towers and bridges that can be made from the scourings of a washboard factory.

    Hints to Pilgrims

    Charles Stephen Brooks

  • She carefully measured out half a pint of the unsavory fluid—the dregs of the casks and the scourings of the ledge.

British Dictionary definitions for scourings


pl n
  1. the residue left after cleaning grain
  2. residue that remains after scouring
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