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First published 1974 (SND Vol. IX).
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SWILL, n.1 Also swull, sweel; sole, sool. A large, shallow oval basket, for carrying potatoes, clothes, etc. (Rxb. 1825 Jam., sole, 1923 Watson, swill, sweell, sweel, sole, sool; Bwk. 1942 Wettstein, swull, sweel, Fif., Bwk., Rxb. 1972). [swɪl, swʌl, swil; so:l, ′sʊəl]

[Also in e. Ang. dial., Mid.Eng. s(q)will, a basket, measure of herring in a basket, washing-tub, of doubtful orig. Phs. ad. Flem. seule, suele, swyle, O.Fr. seel, Fr. seau, (dial.) seille, Lat. sitellum, situla, a bucket. For sole, sool, cf. Soom, swim, Soop, sweep.]

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