Stickle vs Strickle - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between stickle and strickle

is that stickle is (uk|dialect) a shallow rapid in a river while strickle is a rod used to level grain etc when being measured, or concrete after pouring.

As a verb stickle

is (obsolete) to act as referee or arbiter; to mediate.

stickle

English

Verb

(en-verb)
  • (obsolete) To act as referee or arbiter; to mediate.
  • To argue or struggle (for).
  • * 1897 , Henry James, What Maisie Knew :
  • ‘She has other people than poor little you to think about, and has gone abroad with them; so you needn't be in the least afraid she'll stickle this time for her rights.’
  • To raise objections; to argue stubbornly, especially over minor or trivial matters.
  • (obsolete) To separate, as combatants; hence, to quiet, to appease, as disputants.
  • * Drayton
  • Which [question] violently they pursue, / Nor stickled would they be.
  • (obsolete) To intervene in; to stop, or put an end to, by intervening.
  • * Sir Philip Sidney
  • They ran to him, and, pulling him back by force, stickled that unnatural fray.
  • (obsolete) To separate combatants by intervening.
  • * Dryden
  • When he [the angel] sees half of the Christians killed, and the rest in a fair way of being routed, he stickles betwixt the remainder of God's host and the race of fiends.
  • (obsolete) To contend, contest, or altercate, especially in a pertinacious manner on insufficient grounds.
  • * Hudibras
  • Fortune, as she's wont, turned fickle, / And for the foe began to stickle .
  • * Dryden
  • for paltry punk they roar and stickle
  • * Hazlitt
  • the obstinacy with which he stickles for the wrong

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • (UK, dialect) A shallow rapid in a river.
  • (UK, dialect) The current below a waterfall.
  • * W. Browne
  • Patient anglers, standing all the day / Near to some shallow stickle or deep bay.

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    strickle

    English

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A rod used to level grain etc. when being measured, or concrete after pouring
  • A tool for sharpening scythes
  • An instrument used for smoothing the surface of a core.
  • (carpentry, masonry) A templet; a pattern.
  • An instrument used in dressing flax.
  • (Webster 1913)

    Synonyms

    * screed

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