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  • n  a noisy mock serenade (made by banging pans and kettles) to a newly married couple

  • Throughout New England the noisy bridal serenade is a nourishing practice, going by such names as horning, shivaree, skimmelton, skimmington, warming, housewarming, sendoff .
  • The Teamsters convention in Miami Beach last week began like a summer shivaree.
  • Quebec's 35th annual provincial exhibition was the most exciting shivaree of the year.

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