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oxter

(ˈɒkstə)
n
dialect Scot and Irish and Northern English the armpit
[C16: from Old English oxta; related to Old High German Ahsala, Latin axilla]
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oxter

[ˈɒkstəʳ] N (Scot) → axila f
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"We do not want them believing our citizens are up to their oxters in grass and pee-the-beds or that municipal lawnmowers are locked away.
By the end of the episode, he's up to his oxters in them.
BELFAST is still "up to its oxters" in its quirky local dialect despite the growing influence of the US and social media.
As the days of our sojourn passed we were able to watch the parent birds, sometimes standing stock still, waiting for some unsuspecting fish to come within range, at high tide wading up to their oxters in the water and when the tide was out exploring all the wee pools left behind.
And every time I take a bus or tube I get stuck beneath one of their environmentally conscious oxters. It's the pits.
The language is nicely balanced between correct but less well known Scots words (oxters, scrieve, perjink) and the Scots which is more a representation of the accent (speylt, meeserable, freend) meaning that is not too intimidating for those less familiar with the language.
"I had the idea of swapping oysters for oxters – and it worked, even though there's no mention of armpits in the original.
Up to their wellies in muck for most of the winter, they then find themselves up to their oxters in snow when the spring lambing storms come roaring in.
It is an academic publisher's job to drum up interest in its latest addition to a world up to its oxters in academic books, and Sir Alistair is entitled to his views.
IF YOU CAN'T TAKE A BATH or a shower for a couple of days, at least wash two areas in the sink--your feet and your oxters (underarms).
This is achieved through meditative digressions sculpted with a Parisian whisper of surrealism ("only to listen to melancholy and beautiful / violins under the oxters weeping madonnas / in the plinth fields from Kilfenora") and the beat affinity for compiling comic lists that contain a cultural critique.