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 Soil.So’journ (2 syl.) 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
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.   1
        “Take a handeful of sauge, and stampe it, and temper it with hate ale, and sythene syle it thorowe a hate clothe.”—MS. Lincoln,A i. 17 f 281.
        “Drink the licoure siled thorgh a clothe.”—MS. in Mr. Pettigrew’s possession (fifteenth century).

 Soil.So’journ (2 syl.) 

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