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Pismire

Pismire

n. — an ant
— derogatory: a low or insignificant person

fm. English compounds, piss + mire, evidently from the supposed urinous smell of an anthill (an association perhaps more familiarly expressed as pissant)

first published. 1395

He is angry as a pismire.

—Geoffrey Chaucer, The Summoner’s Tale

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