from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. to dare to engage in; to attempt without any certainty of success.
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Here at ye Lands end they are but a Little way off of France, 2 dayes saile at farthest Convey them to Hauve de Grace in France, but ye peace being but newly entred into wth ye Ffrench I was not willing to venture at Least by myself into a fforreign Kingdom, and being then at ye End of ye Land, my horses Leggs Could not Carry me through ye deep, and so return'd againe to Pensands 10 mile more, and soe Came in view of both ye seas and saw ye Lizard point and Pensands and ye Mount in Cornwall wch Looked very fine in ye broad day, the sunn shineing on ye rocke in ye sea.
They were "not much," as a human florist might have told him, but all were strange to Talker — his home planet had flowers, but they grew in the wilder regions, where it was decidedly unsafe to venture at any time.
‘Sure the poore woman is a little distracted, shee could never bee soe rediculous else as to venture at writeing book’s and in verse too, if I should not sleep this fortnight