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hackle up

[cf. DJE hackle to treat roughly; OED hackle to hack, to mangle by cutting roughly] v. to chop up; to bruise (as in a fight). (Exuma)

-adj. [from past participle of hackle v.] deformed, as by inbreeding: 1970 If ya love, love a while/Make show she en ye Auntie chile/Or ya hackl'up chil'ren/Show ta tell de tale (Wallace 4). (Gen.)

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Last update: 2010-09-19 23:55
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.0

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Comment of Javan Davis:
The person I interviewed is from Exuma and she is 72 years old. She is familiar with the term "hackle up." She describes hackle up as when a person's clothing is not properly fixed or when they look shabby. Her usage is "those people look hackle up."
Added at: 2014-03-11 01:16