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nounIrish English, Scottish, Northern
1A long stout wooden bar or lever; (formerly) especially one used for lifting millstones.
2A long, stout, rough stick. Now Irish English (northern).
3A heavy blow or stroke. Now chiefly Irish English (northern).
4Orkney and Shetland. The platform or floor supporting the stones in a mill; specifically (in a hand mill) the wooden block or bench on which the mill rests and the meal falls. Now chiefly historical.
verbIrish English, Scottish, Northern
with object To give (a person) a severe beating; to thrash.
Mid 16th century. From early Scandinavian, in later use in sense 2 perhaps partly reinforced by association with Irish liúdar stroke, blow<br>mid 19th century. From looder.
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