give a sneck posset

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From sneck (latch) + posset (curdle, turn).

VerbEdit

give a sneck posset

  1. (archaic, UK, literally) To fasten the door latch.
  2. (idiomatic, UK) To give someone a cold reception; to close the door on someone; to reject them.

ReferencesEdit

  • sneck posset, in Thesaurus of Traditional English Metaphors, by Peter Richard Wilkinson, 2002.
  • sneck posset, in Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, by Ebenezer Cobham Brewer, 1894, page 1155
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