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sprattle

[sprat-l] /ˈspræt l/
noun, Scot.
1.
a struggle; fight.
Origin
1815-1825
1815-25; metathetic variant of spartle to scatter, itself alteration of sparple (Middle English < Old French esparpeiller < ?)
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