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skimmerton

[ skim-er-tuhn ]
/ ˈskɪm ər tən /
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noun Chiefly Hudson Valley.
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Also skim·mel·ton [skim-uhl-tuhn]. /ˈskɪm əl tən/.

Origin of skimmerton

Compare, in Britain, skimmington, skim(m)iting a similar rural custom intended to ridicule an unfaithful or abusive husband or wife, originally, an effigy of the offending person; of uncertain origin
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