Asaf Bartov (ijon) wrote,
Asaf Bartov
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bile, vt.?

In Charles Dickens's Bleak House, I have encountered the following phrase, spoken by Phil, a tinker:
I never could do nothing with a pot but mend it or bile it—never had a note of music in me.

Does any of you have any idea what 'bile' might mean as a verb? My dictionary hasn't heard of it.

update: It's Dickens's representation of the man's accent. bile = boil.
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