tartle

tartle

- From Scottish, to hesitate in recognizing a person or thing, as happens when you are introduced to someone whose name you cannot recall; so you say, "Pardon my tartle!"
See also related terms for recall.
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Glistening sidewalks, with little pools of rain, here and there, along their unequal surface; umbrellas displayed ostentatiously in the shop-windows, as if the life of trade had concentrated itself in that one article; wet leaves of the, horse-chestnut or elm-trees, torn off untimely by the blast and scattered along the public way; an unsightly, accumulation of mud in the middle of the street, which perversely grew the more unclean for its long and laborious washing,--these were the more definable points of a very sombre picture.
Weight, solidity, firmness -- this was the expression of his repose, even in such decay as had crept untimely over him at the period of which I speak.
As in decapitating the whale, the operator's instrument is brought close to the spot where an entrance is subsequently forced into the spermaceti magazine; he has, therefore, to be uncommonly heedful, lest a careless, untimely stroke should invade the sanctuary and wastingly let out its invaluable contents.
would she drop one little tear upon his poor, lifeless form, would she heave one little sigh to see a bright young life so rudely blight- ed, so untimely cut down?
She was immediately buried, but had not been in her untimely grave but a few hours before she was taken up and examined by the cor- oner, who decided that she had come to her death by severe beating.
What made him seek this quarter of the house at an untimely season, when he should have been asleep in bed?
Was he the only passenger who came on board at that untimely hour?
Under the influence of this delusion, she dived into the coal-cellar at the most untimely hours, and scarcely ever opened the door of a dark cupboard without clapping it to again, in the belief that she had got him.
for well I know the obstinacy of thy disposition,) at least waste as little time as possible let not thy folly be lasting as well as untimely.
Some one will say: And are you not ashamed, Socrates, of a course of life which is likely to bring you to an untimely end?
There are times when the grave words of the Dhammapada fall like shadows along the path: "What is life but the flower or the fruit which falls when ripe, yet ever fears the untimely frost?
D'Artagnan, sire, the same who had so nearly rescued you when Colonel Harrison made his untimely entrance.