Cork Slang, Like A Dictionary of Cork Slang
Originally by Seán Beecher
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HASTENER

Construct: Noun
Definition: A form of draughter used to help a fire (household) ignite.
The hastener usually consisted of a sheet of tin, large enough to cover the opening of an 'open' fire, the air ws sucked into the fire through the grate. It was a primitive form of bellows. Sheets of newspaper were also used in a similar fashion.
Use: Put the hastener to the fire, it's going out.
Put the hastener against the open fire to help it catch.
Derivation: Probably 'Hasten' - to quicken.
And note 'a semi-circular screen lined with tin placed behind meat roasting before the fire to keep cold air off and hasten cooking by refecting heat' (many English counties). (Wright)


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