Definition of ride skimmington in English:

ride skimmington

phrase

historical
  • Hold a skimmington procession.

    ‘rioters at Newark supposedly threatened to make the magistrates of that town ride skimmington’
    • ‘The poor Tories are suffering the most cruel persecutions; some have been obliged to ride skimmington.’
    • ‘The plaintiff declares, that he is a hackney- coachman, and that the defendant with an intent to disgrace him did ride Skimmington.’