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First published 1956 (SND Vol. IV).
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HABBER-GLABBER, adj.comb. Rash, impetuous, extremely impulsive and headstrong in behaviour (Ork. 1929 Marw.). Also hammer-glammer (Ib.).

[Origin prob. mainly imit., with phs. some influence from Glabberan, Icel. phr. með hǫppum ok glǫppum and Eng. dial. hab nab, hit or miss.]

Habber-glabber adj. comb.

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