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  • Sir Andrew Ague-cheek was the cowardly and simple drinking companion of Sir Toby in Shakespeares play Twelfth

    Editorial Notes to 'Letter to the Women of England'

  • Thoughts and the Agitation of my Mind on this Occasion; for my Interior labour'd as it were under a Fever and Ague, burning with an irresistible

    Exilius

  • Ague and enteric fever ran through the camps as summer came in.

    Antony and Cleopatra

  • Ague will be rejuvenated, woman with her ridiculous white bur-den will reach by one step sublime incubation, the manewanting human lioness with her dishorned discipular manram will lie down together publicly flank upon fleece.

    Finnegans Wake

  • For they were partly perswaded, that such wanton Ague fits of Love, were fit for none but youthfull apprehensions, as best agreeing with their chearefull complexion.

    The Decameron

  • Ague, if the expected had happened, should have gripped and shaken me until my teeth rattled; and after alternations of raging fever and arctic cold, I ought to have gone to my long home with the fearful shapes of delirium yelling in my ears.

    The Confessions of a Beachcomber

  • I could Quarrell with the climate, but surely if it is subject to the Ague, there is a fever fit as well as the cold one.

    Letter from Abigail Adams to John Adams, 9 December 1781

  • And Death laughed, and took a cup, and dipped it into a pool of water, and out of the cup rose Ague.

    The Young King

  • The Ship laboured under the Weight of her Guns which were all out ready for Use, she shuddered and shivered like a Man in an Ague, she darted from Side to Side and pitched forward with such Velocity, that it was a very dangerous Operation to get the

    John Adams autobiography, part 2, "Travels, and Negotiations," 1777-1778

  • The bodies of Ague victims are inactive while their internal forces cope with the overcomplex proteins; they will eventually break them down if the constitution concerned is elastic enough: "Another little protein won't do us any harm," Miss Payne quotes.

    Starship

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  • A fivering what?

    January 3, 2016

  • See ague.

    January 2, 2016

  • Ague

    -Archaic

    -Noun

    A fever or shivering fit

    January 2, 2016