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- v. To confound, silence or dumbfound - 1785 Francis Grose, Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue
- v. To beat severely - 1847 James Halliwell, A Dictionary of Archaic and Provincial Words
- v. To stifle, suffocate, kill.
- v. To ruin, destroy.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To beat severely; confound; dismay.
- To stifle; suffocate; kill.
Marry Asika or spiflicate, which mean, Major, that Jeekie spiflicate too, and, "he added, shaking his white head sadly," he no like _that_.
Sometimes they chop off nut, sometimes they spiflicate in gold tub, sometimes priest-man make hole in what white doctor call _diagram_ -- and shake hands with heart.
Aylward great villain, serve him jolly well right if Asika spiflicate him, that not Jeekie's fault.
"Now, spiflicate me!" spoke the skipper, relieving the man, "the ruffian cly you! who did this?"
P'raps he's agoin 'to spiflicate me, in consikence o' my impidence.
"My dear poy," said Grossensteck, "you know as much of peeziness as a child unporne, and I tell you it's the same efferywhere -- in groceries, in hardware, in the alkali trade, in effery branch of industry, the pig operators stand shoulder to shoulder to spiflicate the little fellers like you.
But some day Hi'll pizen 'em, sir, or spiflicate 'em in their sleep, the hopportunity for which is the honly pleasure in life Hi 'as to look forward to, sir. "