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Vocabulary in The Playboy of the Western World

Vocabulary Examples in The Playboy of the Western World:

Act I.

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"knocked the eye from a peeler..."   (Act I.)

A "peeler" is Irish slang for a police officer, a play on the name of Sir Robert Peel, the founder of the Irish Constabulary in 1814.  The word "Bobby," slang for a British police officer, also derives from Sir Robert Peel.

"settle..."   (Act I.)

The noun "settle" refers to a bench, usually of wood, with a high back for sitting and an enclosed area underneath for storage. Often, the bench and back are lightly padded for comfort.

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