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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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When you enter the grounds of Pleasureland, you'll find the pathways and gardens loaded with pumpkins, and along the way you'll bump into bats, spooky scarecrows, cackling witches and other ghostly characters.
The cackler limit is really the issue right now," said Dennis Shelton of Corvallis, who also checked in a pair of cackling geese Sunday.
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He's pretty good at varying the speech of the large cast of characters with different voice levels and accents, although the screeching voice of the town's mayor (and her cackling laugh) is a bit over the top.
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With pale green skin, a shock of frightful black hair, twiglike legs and a cackling laugh, Hazel was the creepy witch who was always outwitted by Bugs Bunny.
Fun-loving Margaret Phillip, 92, was left in tears when management ordered her to to stop cackling, saying she was upsetting her neighbours.