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Bother

i.e. pother (Hibernian). Halliwell gives us blother, which he says means to chatter idly.

`Sir,' cries the umpire, `cease your pother,
The creature's neither one nor t'other.' 

Lloyd: The Chameleon.

The Irish bódhar (buaidhirt, trouble), or its cognate verb, to deafen, seems to be the original word.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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