The passage's from The Ferryman (play). What is the meaning of "My beauty was never in danger" in the passage, Also

is "Dunn's Ground" is a farming slang or something?

MICHAEL. Here, Aunt Cait. Declan nearly got dragged through the bailer. DECLAN: I did not.

MICHAEL: We’re on Dunn’s Ground, bailing up, it’s all going fine when the fecker stalls. This one, sticks his bake in the hot end, he’s poking round and then he says, ‘Switch her on.’


DECLAN. Bull. My bake –

MICHAEL. Listen now…

DECLAN. My beauty was never in danger. Never in danger.

MICHAEL. Then JJ fires whole thing up – (Makes noise of harvester.) and

Declan sticks his head up with this look on his face like –

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    This doesn't look like a very suitable text for learning English! It's got a lot of slang that would be totally meaningless to most mainstream Anglophones. I just looked up bake to discover it's Irish slang for face. So my guess is Declan has just stuck his face somewhere potentially "risky" (the engine compartment of a broken-down car?), but he's now facetiously saying his beauty = beautiful face was never in danger of being damaged, because he was always in control and knew exactly what he was doing. May 16, 2020 at 14:49
  • ...oh, okay. Since they were bailing up, I suppose the fecker must be a combine harvester or similar. May 16, 2020 at 14:51
  • I assume that Dunn's Ground is the name of a field, and they were using a hay baler (don't know why it's spelled bailer). May 16, 2020 at 18:24
  • @FFRM Wiktionary "fecker" : (Ireland) fucker (term of abuse) May 16, 2020 at 19:17
  • I guess "eejit" is phonetic spelling for "idiot". May 16, 2020 at 19:22

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Dunn's Ground is capitalised. That is enough of hint that it is the name of a place. Probably a field.

They are making hay bails. The bailer stops working. Declan puts his head into the machine. When JJ turns it back on (something that is very dangerous).

"My beauty" is a joking way and facetious way to say "My beautiful face".

This isn't the sort of slang you can use, unless you happen to be a mid-century Irish Farmer.

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