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First published 1956 (SND Vol. IV).
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FEEZLE, v., n. Also feesle. [fi:zl]

I. v. To wriggle, jerk with the body (Bch. 1916 T.S.D.C. II.; Abd. 1923 H. Beaton Benachie 213). Hence ppl.adj. feezlin, restless, fidgetty (Abd.4 1931).

II. n. A wriggling, jerky movement (Abd.15 1951).Abd. 1923 H. Beaton Benachie 241:
She hid a feesle in her tail wid grin' Jamaica spice.

[Freq. form of Feeze. ]

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