TURN ON THE MAIN
a) to hurry, to move hastily
b) to begin, to commence
c) to run away, to leave quickly
d) to begin to weep copiously
Today's Featured Word: FIZZLER
1. one who breaks wind without noise ...1582 obs.
2. a defective firecracker that burns with a hissing sound;
one that fails to go off ...c1960 Amer. dial.
from fizzle to break wind without noise (obs.)
from fise a 'small windy escape backwards'
FIRST DOCUMENTED USE
1582 - see EXAMPLE below
"...Hearon was demawnded what was a fyzeler and why privy taleberers
wer cauled fyzelers. To this was answered that as he which fyzeleth
doth stink worse than a playn farter and doth also lead many into
suspition because yt is not knoen whence the fyrst [stench] cometh..."
From: Manuscripts in the Cottonian Library
Fenton's Voyage, 1582
Daily Word Quiz Answer
TURN ON THE MAIN d) to begin to weep copiously ...1837