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from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To incite; to provoke; to spur on.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To set on, as a dog; to incite.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • An old spelling of tar, tar.


Middle English tarien, taryen ("to vex, harass, cause to hesitate, delay"), from Old English tirgan, tergan, tirian ("to worry, exasperate"). (Wiktionary)



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