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Spell (A)

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in workman’s language, means a portion of time allotted to some particular work, and from which the men are relieved when the limited time expires.

To spell is to relieve another at his work.

Spell ho! An exclamation to signify that the allotted time has expired, and men are to be relieved by another set.

A pretty good spell. A long bout or pull, as a “spell at the capstan,” etc. (The German spiel means a performance as well as a play, game, or sport.)

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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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Spear-half
Spear of Ithuriel (The)
Special Pleading
Specie, Species
Spectacles
Spectre of the Brocken
Spectrum, Spectra, Spectre (Latin, specto, to behold)
Speculate
Speech
Speed
Spell (A)
Spellbinders
Spelter
Spence
Spencer
Spendthrift
Spenser (Edmund)
Spenserian Metre (The)
Spent
Spheres
Sphinx (The Egyptian)

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