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Gape (g hard)


Looking for gapeseed. Gaping about and doing nothing. A corruption of “Looking a-gapesing;” gapesing is staring about with one’s mouth open. A-gapesing and a-trapesing are still used in Norfolk.

Seeking a gape’s nest. (Devonshire.) A gape’s nest is a sight which-people stare at with wide-open mouth. The wordnest” was used in a much wider sense formerly than it is now. Thus we read of a “nest of shelves,” a “nest of thieves,” a “cosy nest.” A gape’s nest is the nest or place where anything stared at is to be found. (See Mare’s Nest.)

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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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