Word of the Day: CATTER-BATTER

? for the first element ‘catter’ perhaps from Dutch kater (tomcat) + batter (to fight)

“…By Gemini ! you never heard such a catter- batter! The whole court-room stamping and laughing fit to split, and the ushers calling order, and the tipstaffs running, and his worship gobbling like a cailzie-cock…”

From: Blackwood’s Magazine
Volume 225, 1929

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