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A long and tedious harangue; a scolding, severe lecture, or reprimand. From Lincolnshire: ‘She nearly drove me scranny [crazy] with her jawbation’. In Yorkshire, and probably elsewhere, such a person was described as jawbacious: ‘loquacious’.

Found in: Lincolnshire, North Lincolnshire, North East Lincolnshire, North Yorkshire, York, Norfolk, Peterborough, Rutland, Cambridgeshire, Somerset, Oxfordshire, Northumberland, East Riding of Yorkshire,

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