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skimmerton

[skim-er-tuh n] /ˈskɪm ər tən/
noun, Chiefly Hudson Valley.
1.
shivaree (def 1).
Also, skimmelton
[skim-uh l-tuh n] /ˈskɪm əl tən/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
compare, in Britain, skimmington, skim(m)iting a similar rural custom intended to ridicule an unfaithful or abusive husband or wife, orig., an effigy of the offending person; of uncertain origin
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