from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A tow-rope or -chain.
  • To beat, mix, or pound; prepare by beating, etc.
  • To taw, as leather.
  • To work; prepare by working; be actively employed in or about.
  • To scourge; beat; drub.
  • To haul; pull; tow.
  • To lead on; work up.
  • To work; keep busy; bustle. Also too.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To prepare by beating or working, as leather or hemp; to taw.
  • transitive verb Obs. or Prov. Eng. & Scot. Hence, to beat; to scourge; also, to pull about; to maul; to tease; to vex.
  • intransitive verb Local To work hard; to strive; to fuse.
  • transitive verb obsolete To tow along, as a vessel.
  • noun Obs. or Prov. Eng. A rope or chain for towing a boat; also, a cord; a string.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun obsolete, UK, dialect A rope or chain for towing a boat.
  • noun obsolete, UK, dialect A cord; a string.


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