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  • verb Simple past tense and past participle of humbug.


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  • Jack is a slave aboard ship; but still he has many opportunities of thwarting and balking his master. When there is danger or necessity, or when he is well used, no one can work faster than he; but the instant he feels that he is kept at work for nothing, or, as the nautical phrase is, "humbugged," no sloth could make less headway.

    - Richard Henry Dana Jr., Two Years Before the Mast, ch. 12

    September 6, 2008