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- v. To rend apart.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To rend apart.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To pull asunder; rend.
- n. An obsolete or dialectal form of devil.
He came from Jesus College to be master here, and he was so sevear that he was commonly called the divel of Jesus; and when he was made master here some unlucky scholars broke this jest upon him -- that now the divel was entered into the heard of swine; for us Johnians are abusively called hoggs. "
A reel Kitteh Fud Cumpanee tried to cre8 a resipee to devol…divel…maek a mous-flavured kittehfud.
And that which was worst of all, they being all women, I thinke the divel dwels among g them, for a man cannot doe any thing to please them.
But this drunken fellow making no account of his threatnings, Art thou the divel? quoth he, then I am his damme; and so layeth upon him with his cudgell, that if the poore priest had not changed his divel's voyce, and confessed himselfe to be Hauns, and rescued by the woman that then knew him, he had bin like not to have gone out of the place alive.
You may have heard for this long while he was dieing of the ----; he now come abroad and look a divel, or at least a sad _memento mori_.
This is known to those, who have had experience of it, and it never went well with any Family where this damned house-divel ever got an entrance.
"Ye mane that we're betwixt the divel and the dape say," observed
"An 'ain't I strivin' to hold this divel of a plough, as you told me; but that ounkrawn of a boy keeps whipping on the bastes in spite of all I say; will you speak to him?"
"Oh, halves or alls," says the king, "put away that divel of a wolf, and we'll see about it."
Well, I got away from him somehow, but when I was passing through the door, it must be the divel himself that pounced down on me with his claws, and his teeth, that were equal to sixpenny nails, and his wings -- ill luck be in his road!