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- (Ireland, intransitive) to mutter or complain sullenly
- 1997, The Irish review, numbers 20-21, page 123:
- Suzanne Vega stereotyped 'Calypso' as we knawvshawled about our families (our begetters and begotten, no worse than the next, whose umbilical cords we're still spancelled to) before we went on to our respective wanderings.
- 1999, “The Leper and Civil Disobedience”, in Fortnight, numbers 376-390:
- Secured with ballast of repartee, we drifted past murky, shallow waters of literary knawvshawl and found ourselves navigating a course I can't recall we ever traversed.