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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Literally, to go bird-catching; hence, to lie in wait for; hunt after; gain by craft.


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  • v., to go bird-catching! (Also, figuratively, 'to lie in wait for or hunt.') From Latin words meaning 'bird' and 'catch.'

    July 7, 2008