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scourer1

[skouuh r-er, skou-er-er] /ˈskaʊər ər, ˈskaʊ ər ər/
noun
1.
a person who scours or cleanses.
2.
an implement, device, or preparation for scouring.
Origin of scourer1
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English scourour. See scour1, -er1

scourer2

[skouuh r-er, skou-er-er] /ˈskaʊər ər, ˈskaʊ ər ər/
noun
1.
a person who scours or ranges about.
2.
(in the 17th and 18th centuries) a prankster who roamed the streets at night.
Origin
1350-1400; Middle English; see scour2, -er1
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  • The first occupation is compared with the labour of the gold-refiner; the other, with that of the scourer of clothes.

  • The former made wooden bowls, and the latter was sometimes a scourer, or scout, Mid.

    The Romance of Names Ernest Weekley
  • This was done in vats, where the clothes were trodden and well worked by the feet of the scourer.

    Museum of Antiquity L. W. Yaggy
  • A nation of reformers looks like a scourer of silver-plate—black all over and dingy, with making things white and brilliant.

    Anima Poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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