from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To guile.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- An obsolete spelling of guile.
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The Ladie aduertised hereof, who could not mistruste that her owne man (whome she tooke to bee simple, and voyde of guyle) would haue framed a platte for suche a treason, sayde to the olde woman: “Receiue the letter at the doore, but in any wyse let him not come in, and I will accomplishe the contentes.”
But I repose in you such affiance, as you will not deceiue so simple a Ladie as I am, vtterly voyde of guyle and deceit.
I know not against what particular "guyle in borough" the writer means to caution the people; it may have been only a general cry against "_rotten boroughs_," which it was thought convenient, then as now, to make the first pretext, and place at the head of the list of grievances.
WHat guyle is this, that those her golden tresses,
_biddeth them that they beware of guyle in borough_, and stand together in Gods name, and biddeth Piers Ploweman goe to his werke, and chastise well _Hob the robber_, [probably the king,] and take with you Iohn
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