- (slang, dated, Ireland, Liverpudlian) a severe criticism, scolding, reprimand, or punishment
- 1855, Albany Register, "An Independent Voter" (reprinted in Supplement to the Connecticut Courant, volume 20, number 27, page 211):
- A independent woter ain't the cheese any longer. ... The Stars is out in all kinds o' weather, and if they shines on a feller when he's got half a dozen glasses on board, the Watch-us', Squire Cole, and ten days down the banks, is the word!
Unknown. Probably of Irish origin.