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Cussedness

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Ungainliness; perversity, an evil temper; malice prepense. Halliwell gives cuss = surly.

“The turkey-cock is just as likely as not to trample on the young turkeys and smash them, or to split their skulls by a savage dig of his powerful beak. Whether this is ‘cussednessʹ pure and simple … has not been satisfactorily determined.”—Daily News, December 22nd, 1885.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Curthose
Curtise
Curtmantle
Curule Chair
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Custard Coffin
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