One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1In the Presbyterian churches: a recapitulation of sermons or addresses previously delivered. Also: an exhortation traditionally delivered at the close of a sermon. See also quot. 1825. Now historical.
2Originally English regional (northern). The space between a person's extended forefinger and thumb. rare.
Early 19th century (in an earlier sense). Probably from Scots pirlie curly, twisted + a second element of uncertain origin, perhaps cue. The origin of sense 4 is unclear.
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