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- v. Present participle of burke.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The practice of killing persons for the purpose of selling the bodies for dissection.
- n. Killing by suffocation; figuratively, a private suppression of a proposition, bill, or the like.
- n. Specifically, in medicine, suffocation due to tonic spasm of the muscles of respiration.
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The claim made in the Observer that the 18th-century obstetricians, given that they obtained the corpses of the pregnant women that they experimented upon through "burking" - having people murdered to order - came as a shock to many medics.
"Smellie and Hunter were responsible for a series of 18th-century 'burking' murders of pregnant women, with a death total greater than the combined murders committed by Burke and Hare and Jack the Ripper," writes Don Shelton, a historian.
In spite of all this burking of crime, UP stands first in whole of India in terms of crime against dalits.
That became their MO, and the origin of the modern term "burking."
When Bishop and Williams (no relation to the writer) were hanged for burking, i.e., murdering people in order to provide "subjects" for dissection, their bodies were sent to
Looking at it so, it was plain that you were _suppressing_ the cameo -- burking it; since, once taken as you had taken it, it could never come to light again.
The burking of his cablegrams, made known by the Baron, was the last straw in an aggravated load.
Where are the snows of yester-year; where is the animosity which in the years between the burking of the Conciliation Bill and the spring of 1914 grew up between the disinterested Reformers who wanted Woman enfranchised and the Liberal ministers who fought so doggedly, so unscrupulously, against such a rational completion of representative government?
For there is no burking the truth that in many respects the American woman carries about her a peculiar charm ungranted as yet to her European sisters.
It may be very true that brevity is the soul of wit, but the leaders of science will generally succeed in burking new-born wit, unless the brevity of its soul is found compatible with a body of some bulk.