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  • abbr. perhaps (usually in scholarly contexts)


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  • In both of those cases, authorities said, local extremists, perh aps with some tentative, but mysterious contacts to Pakistan or elsewhere in the Islamic world, managed to recruit themselves, brainwash themselves, and arm themselves for a series of deadly bombings.

    Web of Terror

  • Obs.; recent examples might perh. be found, but the use is now regarded as incorrect.

    Wicked, Wicked Stocks

  • The Oxford English Dictionary labels that etymology "perh." (that is, perhaps), but its etymologists have no competing explanations to offer.

    Word Fugitives

  • " The second is the pastry-clad dish, with this curious and spurious-looking etymology: "Prob. identical w. prec., perh. because the miscellaneous contents of a pie are comparable with the miscellaneous objects collected by magpies. LA PIZZA.

  • [Of uncertain origin: perh.var. of dirk sb., infl by Dick sb.]

    Hall of Flame

  • But as no other source is known, it is generally held that trim is identical with the OE. trymman, and that the verb perh. along with TRIM a., must have been preserved in spoken use, or in some dialect, for four centuries, without appearing in the extant literature. DIGHT.

  • From the original sense ‘collection of written sheets', perh. influenced by later uses of the word. DIVAN.

  • The earlier Eng. form was perh. conche, pl. conches, from Fr.: many pronounce kɒnʃ, kɒnʃɪz. DRASTY CONCHES.

  • A valley which seems to have been S. of Jerusalem, perh. the plain El-Bûqei'a.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 6: Fathers of the Church-Gregory XI

  • Mara (Ex., xv, 23), station of the Israelites between Egypt and Mt. Sinai, perh.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 6: Fathers of the Church-Gregory XI


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