- a turn of work, an interval of time. “Take a SPELL at the capstern.”—_Sea._ “He took a long SPELL at that tankard.” “After a long SPELL.”
- “to SPELL for a thing,” to hanker after it, to desire possession.
- to advertise, to put into print. “SPELT in the leer,” _i.e._, advertised in the newspaper.
- contracted from SPELLKEN. “Precious rum squeeze at the SPELL,” _i.e._, a good evening’s work at the theatre, might be the remark of a successful pickpocket.
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