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- v. Obsolete spelling of choose.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. See Choose.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- A former common spelling of choose.
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But, in short, chuse moderate weather as much as you can for brewing, and if you have a kindly cellar besides to keep your liquor in, that will not be much affected by extremity of heat or cold, you may reasonably expect great satisfaction in your brewery.
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At first I wondered if it was an 18th-C spelling used for period colour - like Jane Austen uses 'chuse' for 'choose' - but there were lots of other typos, like 'a might puzzled' instead of 'a mite puzzled', so I guess it just hadn't been copy-edited very thoroughly.
Corrections made to printed original. page 279, "Molchan ... means cheese": 'chuse' in original, corrected by a correspondent in Issue 206.p. 351. page 280, "cower over the coals": 'lower' in original, corrected by errata in Issue 208.
"Were I to chuse between the Moon & earth," retorted William, "I should not hesitate a moment to fix upon the Moon for my Habitation."
 Marginal note: 'Sir John the child/shall live with me'/'The child herself/shall chuse' said he BACK
I think many may be found in most poems, but I am only telling you my notions of excellence, let every one chuse his own path.
Page 321: Upon equal, or nearly equal profits, most men will chuse to employ their capitals rather in the imporivement and cultivation of land, than either in manufactures or in foreign trade.
“Dryden knew how to chuse the flowing and the sonorous words; to vary the pauses, and adjust the accents; to diversify the cadence, and yet preserve the smoothness of his metre.” —
I suspect that “chuse” is the way the word was spelled at the time.
The 3d. and last will be to make it the instrument of dismembering the Union, and setting us all afloat to chuse which part of it we will adhere to.