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  • adj. Exhausted; worn out.

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Origin obscure, but apparently akin to Scots forlegen, forlagen ("utterly worn out, completely exhausted"), Danish and Norwegian forlegen ("embarrassed, perplexed"), Dutch verlagen ("abashed, degraded, soiled, abased"), equivalent to for- +‎ lain. The sense development may be due to Scandinavian influence, compare Faroese leggjask firi ("to become exhausted"), Old Norse leggjask fyrir ("to give up hope").

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