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Thrutch

I remember my grandfather using the phrase 'give it a good thrutch lad'. This generally meant to hit something hard with a hammer or give it a good push when working on some project or other. This isn't a definition I have come across anywhere in a dictionary and I wonder if others have encountered it or can remember it? My grandfather worked in South Lancashire having been born in North Cheshire (the areas that later became parts of Merseyside and Greater Manchester) in 1906. Another word he often used was 'fettle' in the sense of fixing something which is in some dictionaries. I doubt if my grandfather was alone in this use and other members of my family also used the phrase; I do too but it tends to get a quizzical look!

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