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mudsill

[muhd-sil] /ˈmʌdˌsɪl/
noun
1.
the lowest sill of a structure, usually placed in or on the ground.
Also called footplate.
Origin
1675-1685
1675-85; mud + sill
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Word Origin and History for mudsills

mudsill

n.

1680s, "lowest sill of a house," from mud + sill. The word entered U.S. political history in a speech by James M. Hammond of South Carolina, March 4, 1858, in U.S. Senate, alluding scornfully to the very mudsills of society, and the term subsequently was embraced by Northern workers in the pre-Civil War sectional rivalry.

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