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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To muse idly; loiter foolishly.

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  • Public School Slang: to read.

    April 14, 2009

  • The manner in which he worked up the shreds and patches of his composition deserves a notice somewhat more than cursory. The heavy hours of the forenoon were spent in muzzing over Hebrew, Greek, and Latin authors, and in writing down upon little squares of card every pithy sentence or striking thought which occurred in the morning's reading.

    - Lesage, The Adventures of Gil Blas of Santillane, tr. Smollett, bk 10 ch. 12

    October 10, 2008

  • But he never would, never. Scared of muzzing his shirt or busting his collar or something, even if, when stoned, he would clap his hands to the rhythm.
    —Angela Carter, 1980, 'Black Venus'

    August 24, 2008