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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR HECKLE

Had the Centralia crowd hired them to heckle the new pitcher?

"Hout, tout," quoth the wife, and made the heckle flee at it.

I was going to heckle him, when he explained—and with what so far unknown deference, in him, to one's bewilderment!

But then Dalrymple had not been there to heckle and insult his superior; he was gone nobody knew where.

At first there was a disposition to interrupt, to heckle, but it grew fainter and soon gave way to complete silence.

Here all the men of the village congregated daily to smoke, swap jokes, and heckle those who worked.

But the heckle missed it, just as her husband's cloving-rod had done, for it played "jook-about" again, and flew out of the house.

A heckle: Or brake; the instrument used to clear the fibre of flax from the woody substance mixed with it.

Upon an oblong plank a b, two circular or square blocks of wood c and d are fixed, in which the heckle teeth stand upright.

Whenever one half of the length of the strake of flax is heckled, it is turned round to heckle the other half.

WORD ORIGIN

early 14c., "to comb (flax or hemp) with a heckle;" from heckle (n.) or from related Middle Dutch hekelen. Figurative meaning "to question severely in a bid to uncover weakness" is from late 18c. "Long applied in Scotland to the public questioning of parliamentary candidates" [OED]. Related: Heckled; heckling.

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