One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A brick set diagonally against another; a brick designed to be used in this way.
with object To separate and reset (half-dried bricks) at angles to each other in order to complete the drying process.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Edward Dobson (1816–1908). Apparently from skintle<br>early 19th century. Origin unknown.
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