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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Now upon that same day, while the Sheriff's daughter was racking her brains for a scheme, there came to the Mansion House a strolling tinker named Middle, a great gossip and braggart.
asked the tinker, rising with great show of dignity.
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.
Now come I, forsooth, from good Banbury Town," said the jolly Tinker, "and no one nigh Nottingham--nor Sherwood either, an that be the mark-- can hold cudgel with my grip.
But John Bunyan's father was not this kind of tinker.
At length he left school and became a tinker like his father.
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.
Tinker, flinging down the coin; it's only baronets as cares about farthings.
Giles, Brittles, and the tinker, were recruiting themselves, after the fatigues and terrors of the night, with tea and sundries, in the kitchen.
He had carried Tinker Bell part of the way, and his hand was still messy with the fairy dust.
Come here, when you're called,' said the tinker, 'or I'll rip your young body open.