Word of the Day: QUAKE-BUTTOCK

ETYMOLOGY
– from quake + buttock

EXAMPLE
“…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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