One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A headlong fall.‘the horse went a purler at the last fence’
- ‘What the annoyance it was, was the ironing board coming a right purler as the flex wrapped itself around its legs.’
- ‘Glenn McGrath's pre-match purler meant a surprise call-up for Michael Kasprowicz: ‘Yeah, it was a pretty amazing day all round,’ he admitted.’
Mid 19th century: from dialect purl ‘upset, overturn’.
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