tinker

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tinker

1. (esp formerly) a travelling mender of pots and pans
2. Scot and Irish another name for a Gypsy
3. any of several small mackerels that occur off the North American coast of the Atlantic
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I was just eight," says Phil, "agreeable to the parish calculation, when I went with the tinker.
I was passable enough when I went with the tinker, though nothing to boast of then; but what with blowing the fire with my mouth when I was young, and spileing my complexion, and singeing my hair off, and swallering the smoke, and what with being nat'rally unfort'nate in the way of running against hot metal and marking myself by sich means, and what with having turn-ups with the tinker as I got older, almost whenever he was too far gone in drink--which was almost always--my beauty was queer, wery queer, even at that time.
Tell me thy news, good friend, I prythee," quoth Robin as they trudged along together, "for tinkers, I ween, are all as full of news as an egg of meat.
There was a tinker, two barefoot friars, and a party of six of the King's foresters all clad in Lincoln green, and all of them were quaffing humming ale and singing merry ballads of the good old times.
But John Bunyan's father was not this kind of tinker.
At length he left school and became a tinker like his father.
Come here, when you're called,' said the tinker, 'or I'll rip your young body open.
tinker tells me that it is for tomorrow noon," replied the dame.
He began to tinker at the wound in rather a clumsy way until the youth exploded.
It was a girl called Tinker Bell exquisitely gowned in a skeleton leaf, cut low and square, through which her figure could be seen to the best advantage.
Tinker at this moment made her appearance with a pipe and a paper of tobacco, for which she had been despatched a minute before Miss Sharp's arrival; and she handed the articles over to Sir Pitt, who had taken his seat by the fire.
This dialogue was held between the two men who had surprised the burglars, and a travelling tinker who had been sleeping in an outhouse, and who had been roused, together with his two mongrel curs, to join in the pursuit.