One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Plastering. The scoring of a first coat of plaster so as to afford a hold for the next; (the application of) a first coat of plaster which is afterwards to be so scored.
2Basket-making. The action of turning up (especially willow) stakes after their insertion in the base of a basket.
Late 18th century. From pricking + up, in sense 1 after to prick up.
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