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Soil the Milk before Using It

Yorkshire for “Sile the milk, etc.” —i.e. strain it, or skim it. A sile is a sieve or strainer.

“Take a handeful of sauge, and stampe it, and temper it with hate ale, and sythene syle it thorowe a hate clothe.” —M.S. Lincoln. A i. 17 f 281

“Drink the licoure siled thorgh a clothe.” —MS. in Mr. Pettigrew's possession (fifteenth century).

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