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from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To beat severely.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To beat (a thing) till it becomes dry; hence, to beat severely.


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  • Good king of cats, nothing but one of your nine lives, that I mean to make bold withal, and, as you shall use me hereafter, dry-beat the rest of the eight.

    Act III. Scene I. Romeo and Juliet

  • I will dry-beat you with an iron wit, and put up my iron dagger.

    Romeo and Juliet


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  • Ugh, this is vile! No wonder it's obsolete. (Hopefully.)

    October 15, 2008

  • (Obsolete) To inflict "dry blows" upon (i.e., blows that do not draw blood, as those given with a stick or the fist, which merely causes a bruise); to beat soundly or severely.


    October 15, 2008