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  • I pray it --- not be true, but his long illness, gives (rip) to it that I fear to enquire, lest it be confinmed deyond doubt - what a loss, such talents so early cropt would be to his country, to his family, his private worth was above all estimations - yet and it is the general doom - all must be to submit -

    Letter from Rebecca Gratz to Maria Fenno Hoffman

  • And I'm so afraid of behaving like a blind old goose, that I often snub Hal, when he's no more to blame than I am myself, for fear of his getting out of my hands, and behaving like a certain young man he has been brought up with, and who, I assure you, deserves to have his ears cropt ten times a day, for one piece of impudence or other.

    Camilla

  • But happy would all these hair-brain'd houswives be, if they had such Tutors to their husbands, as Aurelius was; 'tis most certain, that then that corrupt seed, would be cropt in the very bud and not be suffered to come to perfection.

    The Ten Pleasures of Marriage and the Second Part, The Confession of the New Married Couple

  • He carries his eares upright, nor seldome ever lets them fall till they be cropt off, and after that, as in despight, will never weare them more.

    Microcosmography or, a Piece of the World Discovered; in Essays and Characters

  • It was, perhaps, thirty seconds from the time when he first caught sight of it that the aeroplane came perpendicularly above his head, the whirring ceased, and the machine descended with graceful swoop upon the well-cropt turf within fifty yards of the spot where the two golfers stood.

    Round the World in Seven Days

  • In September (1674) the old question again cropt up as to the power of the

    London and the Kingdom - Volume II

  • The officers drew their swords and drove the close-cropt apprentices, or "roundheads" as they were jeeringly called, out of Westminster, chasing them up King

    London and the Kingdom - Volume II

  • In the preceding advertisements, the reader will perceive a number of cases, in which the runaway is described as '_cropt_,' or a '_notch cut_ in the ear, or a part or the whole of the ear _cut off_,' &c.

    The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus

  • And they seemed extremely wamble-cropt and chop-fallen; their feathers shone not, even their sickle-feathers drooped in the dust, and their combs were white.

    The Continental Monthly, Vol. 1, No. 1, January 1862 Devoted to Literature and National Policy

  • On the occasion of a first offence, culprits of either sex were subjected to the ignominy of having their hair cropt for future identification, and then conducted with rough music through the public thoroughfares, the men to the pillory and the women to the "thewe."

    London and the Kingdom - Volume I

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