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The question is on this sentence by Louis-Ferdinand Céline : "que ça vous tinte plein les soucis... vous triche le temps, vous tille la peine, lutine, mutine, tinte aux soucis, et ptemm! ptemm!"

Without reading the editor's note, I figured "tille" related to the verb "tiller". But the editor understands "tille" as a shortened version of "tintiller".

I was thinking, does this really make sense? Could "tiller" be a shortened form of "tintiller" in this case?

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    cnrtl.fr/definition/tiller commence par « Battre, broyer … » déjà que la ‘peine’ est douloureuse, la tiller comme on « tille la tige des plantes textiles » devient un supplice. – Personne Mar 3 at 18:32
  • @Personne: Voilà une bonne réponse, n'est-ce pas ? – Harry Audus Mar 9 at 3:46
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As Personne mentioned the word "tiller" is an alternative word for "teiller" and defined here by CNTRL. It translates in english to the verb "scutch".

"Scutch" as defined by Miriam-Webster: "to separate the woody fiber from (flax or hemp) by beating"

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