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First published 1971 (SND Vol. VIII).
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SKRAABLE, v. To rustle, to crackle on being touched, used esp. of sheaves during harvest (I.Sc. 1970). [skrɑ:bl]Ork. 1929 Marw.:
[Sheaves] skraablan wi' drought.

[A variant of scravvle s.v. Scraffle. For the -b- cf. Norw. dial. skrabba, Du. schrabben, to scrape, Sw. dial. skrabba, to creak.]

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