One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Concrete (frequently in plural) material removed from the road after scraping, cleaning, or mending, especially manure used as fertilizer (now rare).
2The action or process of scraping the surface of a road (frequently attributive).
Late 18th century; earliest use found in John Abercrombie (1726–1806), horticulturist and writer.
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