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autem cackletub

obsolete Any general meeting place of dissenters of a given denomination of the (Christian) church; a conventicle. "Autem" is an obsolete slang word for church, and "cackletub" (a slang term for the pulpit of a church) here refers to a place where those who spill secrets ("cackle") gather. I entered into the autem cackletub with trepidation, for who knows what sort one may find in a place of unruly dissent.
See also: autem

cackling geese

Those who warn of something that is about to happen. Thank goodness for the cackling geese outside who ran in and told us to lock down the building because there was a man with a gun roaming the streets. My wife is skeptical of them, but I always tune in to those cackling geese giving the weather report—I don't want to get caught in a blizzard!
See also: cackle, geese

cut the cackle

To stop talking in order to do something more important. Primarily heard in UK. All right, everyone, let's cut the cackle and start brainstorming ideas for this new project.
See also: cackle, cut

He that would have eggs must endure the cackling of hens.

Prov. You must be willing to endure unpleasant, irritating things in order to get what you want. Sue: I'm tired of working after school. All the customers at the store are so rude. Mother: But you wanted money to buy a car. He that would have eggs must endure the cackling of hens, dear.
See also: cackle, egg, endure, have, he, hen, must, of, that

cut the cackle

BRITISH, OLD-FASHIONED
If you tell someone to cut the cackle, you are telling them to stop talking nonsense. They were basically told to cut the cackle and get back to work.
See also: cackle, cut

cut the cackle

stop talking aimlessly and come to the point. informal
See also: cackle, cut

cut the ˈcackle

(informal) stop talking and start working, etc. properly; start talking about the important matters: Let’s cut the cackle and get down to business.
Cackle refers to the loud noise made by chickens.
See also: cackle, cut
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By dictionary definitions, cackle is a shrill laughter or foolish chatter.
Then Big Boo and Cackle flew into the night, with Cackle in black and Big Boo wearing white.
It reproduced, with convincing fidelity, the raspy cackle and the sharp kuk sounds of the male ringneck.
She had a disarming cackle, rode an old bicycle around campus, and wore skirts and practical shoes.
My hens do not cackle, they survey the rectangles, tidy bows that have slipped, as portals between the graves they stand, facing the client, the black caterpillar clearing its throat who hesitant, hat in hand, brings the small box full of cold witless meat for the hens.
Despite knowing that he looked different from the other birds, the eaglet learned to do what the prairie chickens did: "scratch in the dirt for seeds and insects, cluck and cackle, and fly just a few feet off the ground with wings thrashing in the wind.
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He mercilessly assails the current administration and the media's seeming reticence to criticize it; his imitation of President Bush's feckless cackle is absolutely corrosive.
It sounds like a line that Karen might cackle to her boobs on Will & Grace, but it isn't.
I was just waiting for the shawl to be pulled back to reveal Stewie Griffin from Family Guy lying there with a murder weapon and a wicked cackle.
WEEK Two of The Green Green Grass (BBC1, Fri) and, in the sitcom that really takes the "ryside" out of countryside, once again the only laugh to be had was at Boycie's own (admittedly hilarious) cackle.
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When she's asked which taboo she'll break next, her only answer is a prolonged cackle.