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First published 1960 (SND Vol. V).
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JAMPHLE, v. Also jamfle. To shuffle “as if in consequence of wearing too wide shoes” (Upp. Lnk. 1825 Jam.).Cai. 1872 M. McLennan Peasant Life 112:
He drags his feet along rather than lifts them, as if they were heavily weighted with a boot loosely fitting enough to drop off if the foot were raised in the ordinary way. Hence his name “Jamphlin' Jamie”.

[Freq. form of Jamph, v.2]

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