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A.Word.A.Day--scud

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scud (skud) verb intr.

1. To run or move swiftly.

2. In nautical parlance, to run before a gale with little or no sail set.

noun

1. The act of scudding.

2. Clouds, rain, mist, etc. driven by the wind.

3. Low clouds beneath another cloud layer.

[Uncertain origin, possibly from Middle Low German schudden, to shake.]

"It was a fine night, but chilly, and we were glad of our warm overcoats. There was a breeze, and clouds were scudding across the sky, obscuring from time to time the half-moon." Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventure of the Creeping Man.

This week's theme: words from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's writings.

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