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  • verb Simple past tense and past participle of thole.


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  • When he tried to think about it, he found nothing but a roaring of wind and of waves in his ears, a numbness of arms as he laboured with the oar tholed abaft to keep her heavy head up, a prickly chill in his legs as the brine in the wallowing boat ran up them, and then a great wallop and gollop of the element too abundant round him.


  • This was his attitude through life; he would always have 'tholed his paiks' that the poor might 'enjoy their play,' the imprisoned go free; and the position which he took up in regard to Samoan troubles was a practical proof that he was, as he called himself, 'a ready soldier, 'willing to spend and be spent for others.

    Robert Louis Stevenson

  • We three have tholed together empty wame and niddering cold and the weariness o 'death.

    A Daughter of Raasay A Tale of the '45

  • This was a sore joke against me for a length of time; but I tholed it patiently, considering cannily within myself, that even Johnny Cope himself had not learned the art of war in a single morning.

    The World's Greatest Books — Volume 06 — Fiction

  • I can't think, my God, that any heart of man ever tholed the appalling nightmare and black abysm of sensations in which, during those four long desert months, I weltered: for though I was as a brute, I had a man's heart to feel.

    The Purple Cloud

  • During the next month he tholed the cold of that same punishment - cell; and during the next was in his old cell, but in chains, picking oakum.

    The Lord of the Sea

  • Now I had tholed this penance, maybe, a dozen times, and could never win a speech from Mrs. Johnstone, nor a look, to show that she regarded me while present or remembered me after I had gone.

    Two Sides of the Face Midwinter Tales

  • So they pushed out to sea, and hard weather they tholed.

    Kormáks saga. English

  • "Dree out the inch when ye've tholed the span," cried Matthew; "I'd nivver strain lang at sic a wee gnat as that."

    The Shadow of a Crime A Cumbrian Romance

  • They wanted to watch how Gourlay tholed the mention o 'his son's disgrace.

    The House with the Green Shutters


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