bark and growl n.
1. a trowel.
|Life and Work among Navvies 41: Now then, my china-plate, out with your cherry-ripe, off with your steam-packet, and set your bark and growl agoin.|
|Eve. Herald (Dublin) 30 Nov. 6/4: Cockney bricklayers seem to have a quaint language of their own [...] bark and howl — trowel.|
2. a towel.
|Cockney Dialect and Sl. 103: bark an’ growl ‘towel’.|