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First published 1990 (DOST Vol. VII).

(Rabilling,) Rabbling, Rabl(e)ing, vbl. n. [Cf. 19th c. Eng.] The action of Rabill v.; an instance of this. Also attrib.(1) 1690 Acc. Pres. Persec. Ch. Scotl. 26.
Rabbling has been all along in fashion
1692 Presb. Eloq. (1738) 89.
All the evidences of their moderation are rabbling, robbing, beating
1693 Sage Fundam. Chart. Presb. Pref. k 3. 1698 Acts X 148/2.
The godless abuse of rabling that of late hath so frequently happened in opposition to ministers orderly sent to supply vacant churches
Ib.
Opposition by rableing, tumult or any other manner of violence
(2) 1692 Pitcairne Assembly i i 15.
I'll mind you the next rabbling
1693 Apol. Clergy Scotl. 2.
The barbarous rabblings of the clergy
attrib. 1693 Sage Fundam. Chart. Presb. Pref. k 3.
That rabbling work was such a[n] … unchristian work, that … it had not misbecome the Presbyterian ministers … to have made it … their theme

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