from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Variegated with black and white like a magpie: said of a black-and-white costume for women, at one time fashionable.
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Fabre; of another _éreintement_, at great length, of Zola; and of shorter articles, again "magpied" of praise and blame, on MM.
One called Charley Varrick in particular I magpied half to death for Last of the Independents.
It wasn’t only in France that I magpied little gems for the treasure-chest: in London, too, and in Dubai, I was on the alert, every sense on stalks, gathering up scraps, glimpses, bits and pieces.