urchin


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urchin

2. an archaic or dialect name for a hedgehog
3. either of the two cylinders in a carding machine that are covered with carding cloth
4. Obsolete an elf or sprite

urchin

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"No, it was not the urchin: it was Nicolai Ardalionovitch," said the prince very firmly, but without raising his voice.
'mischievous urchins,' I shall go away and break with you altogether.
'The little urchin is only trying to make fools of us.' So they came back and whispered softly to him, saying, 'Now let us have no more of your roguish jokes; but throw us out some of the money.' Then Tom called out as loud as he could, 'Very well!
"That Jim Crow there in the window," answered the urchin, holding out a cent, and pointing to the gingerbread figure that had attracted his notice, as he loitered along to school; "the one that has not a broken foot."
She had just placed another representative of the renowned Jim Crow at the window, when again the shop-bell tinkled clamorously, and again the door being thrust open, with its characteristic jerk and jar, disclosed the same sturdy little urchin who, precisely two minutes ago, had made his exit.
In his hand he swayed a ferule, that sceptre of despotic power; the birch of justice reposed on three nails behind the throne, a constant terror to evil doers, while on the desk before him might be seen sundry contraband articles and prohibited weapons, detected upon the persons of idle urchins, such as half-munched apples, popguns, whirligigs, fly-cages, and whole legions of rampant little paper game-cocks.
How could the flogger of urchins be otherwise than animated and joyous?
His soul palpitating with love of art, he painted the models who hung about the stairway of Bernini in the Piazza de Spagna, undaunted by their obvious picturesqueness; and his studio was full of canvases on which were portrayed moustachioed, large-eyed peasants in peaked hats, urchins in becoming rags, and women in bright petticoats.
He rose to his feet, flung aside the straw pallet upon the street urchins, and fled.
He was throwing stones at howling urchins from Devil's Row who were circling madly about the heap and pelting at him.
"Get out of the way, you little devils," George cried to a small crowd of damp urchins, that were hanging about the chapel-door.
This carriage, too, drove away, and the urchins gave another sarcastical cheer.