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Pickle


PICK'LE, noun Brine; a solution of salt and water, sometimes impregnated with spices, in which flesh, fish or other substance is preserved; as pickle for beef; pickle for capers or for cucumbers; pickle for herring.

1. A thing preserved in pickle

2. A state of condition of difficulty or disorder; a word used in ridicule or contempt. You are in a fine pickle

How cam'st thou in this pickle?

3. A parcel of land inclosed with a hedge. [Local.]

PICK'LE, verb transitive To preserve in brine or pickle; as, to pickle herring.

1. To season in pickle

2. To imbue highly with any thing bad; as a pickled rogue.