1) To draw something towards oneself, to scrape, sweep.

1651 Wee lay in payne that all the Inhabitants ... doe forever hereafter every Saturday at night Cowle and Sweepe their dores from the Mid-pavement to theire house sides, and the rubbage then and there Convey into their backsides, Wakefield

1789 paid to Sam Wood for Breaking stones and Cowling muck of in street 4 days, Tong.

dates 1651 1693 1789

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