One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- past of ride
(of a woodcock) fly on a regular circuit in the evening as a territorial display, making sharp calls and grunts.
- ‘I also noted two woodcock roding high overhead.’
Mid 18th century (in the sense ‘fly landwards in the evening’): of unknown origin.
A rope, especially one securing an anchor or trawl.
- ‘Some would advise using four anchors two on each rode, with the rodes spread out in a Y.’
- ‘How many boats have anchor rodes strong enough to take such a loading?’
Early 17th century: of unknown origin.
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