Word of the Day: QUAKE-BUTTOCK

– from quake + buttock

“…I rush’d into the world, which is indeed much like
The art of swimming, he that will attain to’t
Must fall plump, and duck himself at first,
And that will make him hardy and adventurous;
And not stand putting in one foot, and shiver,
And then draw t’other after, like a quake-buttock;
Well he may make a padler i’ the world,
From hand to mouth, but never a brave swimmer

From: (of uncertain date and authorship)

Wit at Severall Weapons, A Comedy, Act I,
W. Rowley and T. Middleton, a1627,
and in Comedies and Tragedies
Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher, 1647

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