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sprattle

[sprat-l]
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noun Scot.
  1. 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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  • 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