Obs. exc. dial.
Shrove-tide, or the merrymaking connected therewith.
1579 in Feuillerat Revels Q. Eliz. (1908) 327 During Christmas ... & Shrove. 1621 R. Brathwait Nat. Embassie, etc. 178 In their wakes, shroues, wassel-cups, or tides. 1913 19th Cent. July 133 Nora was to marry Tom Mahony next Shrove.
b. Comb.: shrove-cake, a small cake made to give children who go shroving (Halliwell, 1847); †shrove-cock = shroving-cock (see shroving vbl. n. b); †shrove-prentice, one of ‘a set of ruffianly fellows, who took upon them at Shrovetide the name of London Prentices, and in that character invaded houses of ill-fame’ (Halliwell).
1638 Davenant Madagascar, etc. 29 More cruell than Shrove-Prentices, when they (Drunk in a Brothell House) are bid to pay. 1659 Lady Alimony V. ii. I4, O ye pittiful Simpletons, who spend your days in throwing Cudgels at Jack a Lents or Shrove-Cocks.
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Repeat: “O ye pittiful Simpletons, who spend your days in throwing Cudgels at Jack a Lents or Shrove-Cocks.”