from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. had nearly; came little short of.


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  • After dinner I took occasion to break up the company soon as I could, and all parted, Sir W. Batten and I by water to W.ite Hall, there to speak with the Commissioners of the Treasury, who are mighty earnest for our hastening all that may be the paying off of the Seamen, now there is money, and are considering many other thins for easing of charge, which I am glad of, but vexed to see that J. Duncomb should be so pressing in it as if none of us had like care with him.

    Diary of Samuel Pepys, September 1667

  • Alexander had like to have lost his life for the gospel's sake, yet he was that Alexander, as is generally judged, that afterwards made shipwreck of faith, and greatly opposed Paul's ministry.

    The Almost Christian Discovered; or, the False Professor Tried and Cast.

  • In Scotland, it seems, for all the newes-books tell us every week that they are all so quiett, and everything in the Church settled, the old woman had like to have killed, the other day, the Bishop of Galloway, and not half the Churches of the whole kingdom conform.

    The Diary of Samuel Pepys, May/Jun 1663

  • You lived in the old Beadle Mansion and you always wore those really frilly dresses and you had like acres of curls.

    Whispers At Midnight

  • Tom Hicks had like to have took me in finely about her!

    Camilla: or, A Picture of Youth

  • But here I had like to have dipped all my cargo into the sea again; for that shore lying pretty steep-that is to say sloping-there was no place to land, but where one end of my float, if it ran on shore, would lie so high, and the other sink lower, as before, that it would endanger my cargo again.

    Robinson Crusoe

  • Took a walk in the fields, bird-nesting and botanizing, and had like to have been taken up as a poacher in Hilly Wood, by a meddlesome, conceited gamekeeper belonging to Sir John Trollope.

    Life and Remains of John Clare

  • He only had the one spike in front, and his sculpting gel had like failed hours ago, so in his PVC raincoat, he kinda looked like a black lacquer coatrack like you see in Chinatown, but that wasn't why I couldn't take him to see the Countess and my Dark Lord.

    You Suck


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