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    Nah then ... clumsy


    Does the bold text mean something like, "watch your step, you lubber"?

    He was turning away from a large case of pottery when someone jostled him. Mr Meldrum, nerves on edge,
    swung round wrathfully. An ill-favoured individual, smelling of garlic, returned his angry stare. ‘Nah then,
    . . .!’

    John Metcalfe, Mr. Meldrum´s Mania, 1925

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    Re: Nah then ... clumsy

    Where did you get "you lubber" from?

    "Nah then" means "Now then" - I'm not sure if it counts as dialectal or if it's simply a phonetic way or writing the way he pronounces "Now". "Now then" doesn't have a specific meaning but in the context you've given, I would say the whole thing means "Be careful; you seem to be a clumsy person (indicated by your bumping into me)".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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