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whittle

Brit dialect a knife, esp a large one

Whittle

Sir Frank. 1907--96, English engineer, who invented the jet engine for aircraft; flew first British jet aircraft (1941)
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On 21 June 1945, Sir Frank Whittle made the first public presentation of the jet engine in the lecture theatre at the Institutional of Mechanical Engineers.
Whittle was a 21-year-old cadet at RAF College Cranwell in Lincolnshire--where he started in 1926--when he wrote his thesis "Future developments in aircraft design".
Now the Whittles have also opened Peters Outlet - creating four jobs into the bargain - to sell value-for-money fashions, handbags and shoes in another unit in the Packhorse Centre.
Peters, run by husband and wife David and Caroline Whittle, has closed its four-storey King Street store after 32 years and switched business to the former Bargain World store at the Kirkgate end of the Packhorse Centre.
The Whittles' decision was met with mixed responses from family and friends.
For the family of Ann Whittle, they hardly turned at all - until yesterday.
Relatives of victim Ann Whittle bawled abuse as Carol McMillan passed out outside the High Court in Dunfermline.
Meanwhile, McMillan sat on the bonnet of a car and called the police, lying that the Whittles had attacked her - a claim dismissed by witnesses.
Last week, the Whittles concluded a deal to buy the business - just four months after their bank forced them to call in administrators.
He has also been told to pay PS476 in fines and court costs for driving away and leaving Mark Whittle and his dog Archer stranded.
tell us what you want That's the plea to customers from David and Caroline Whittle