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  • n. A hunt or chase.
  • n. A hunting cry.
  • v. To vex or harass with petty attacks.
  • v. To maneuver or secure gradually.
  • v. To scurry.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To goad, drive, hunt, throw, or pitch; to repeatedly cause annoyance or concern to.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See chevy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. annoy continually or chronically


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