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  • v. To stop up; block; clog; obstruct; (one's breath) to stifle; (a watercourse) to dam up.

Etymologies

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From Middle English forstoppen, from Old English forstoppian ("to stop up, close"), equivalent to for- +‎ stop. Cognate with Dutch verstoppen ("to clog, obstruct, conceal"), German verstopfen ("to block, clog, plug, stop up"), Swedish förstoppa ("to constipate").

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