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 Wales.Walk Chalks. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Walk (in Hudibras)
 
is Colonel Hewson, so called from Gayton’s tract.   1
   To walk. This is a remarkable word. It comes from the Anglo-Saxon wealcan (to roll); whence wealcere, a fuller of cloth. In Percy’s Reliques we read—   2
       
“She cursed the weaver and the walker,
The cloth that they had wrought.”
   To walk, therefore, is to roll along, as the machine in felting hats or fulling cloth.   3
 


 Wales.Walk Chalks. 

 
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