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sprattle

[ sprat-l ]
/ ˈspræt l /
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noun Scot.

a struggle; fight.

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Origin of sprattle

1815–25; metathetic variant of spartle to scatter, itself alteration of sparple (Middle English <Old French esparpeiller< ?)
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Example sentences from the Web for sprattle

  • Ye see, we will suppose that any friend like yourself were in the deepest hole of the Nith, sand making a sprattle for your life.

    Red Gauntlet|Sir Walter Scott
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