One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Make a harsh creaking or grinding sound.‘the rusty can scringed against the wall’
- ‘They heard the stiff bolt of the back-door scringing as she levered it back.’
- ‘Beyond the scringing stile to the chapel were wide, hedgeless fields.’
- ‘The gas works scringed and wailed the night long.’
- ‘The fishing-boats scringed and creaked together.’
- ‘She got up then, the springs of the bed scringing a little under her.’
- ‘A slight nudge of the boat sent the wooden piles scringing in a long, creaking protest.’
- ‘He pulled the scringing school-gate behind them.’
- 1.1with object Grind (something)‘they make me want to scringe my teeth’
- ‘He drank a taste, scringing his teeth against the first, bitter sting.’
- ‘He scringed his teeth and gathered his strength to ram home the bar.’
- ‘All he does is sit there scringing his dentures.’
Early 19th century: of imitative origin.
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