I’ll give thee bell-tinker! [Yks Lan Stf] A good thrashing. (Perhaps from belt-tinker, but more probably from bolli [measure, portion-

ON]= ‘I’ll give you the beggar’s share’; possibly connected, too, with blows such as the tinker uses when he makes the kettle ring.)

halting speech Stammering or hesitant speech. don’t halt [hobble, limp] before a cripple/it is ill crooking [limping] before cripples

[Sc: 1721] (who, being expert will detect the deception) Don’t perform before your

betters; it is unseemly to parade a minor injury in front of someone with a major disability.