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sprattle

[sprat-l] /ˈspræt l/
noun, Scot.
1.
a struggle; fight.
Origin of sprattle
1815-1825
1815-25; metathetic variant of spartle to scatter, itself alteration of sparple (Middle English < Old French esparpeiller < ?)
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  • Ye see, we will suppose that any friend like yourself were in the deepest hole of the Nith, sand making a sprattle for your life.

    Red Gauntlet Sir Walter Scott

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