Definitions

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  • Particle ocurring in various words meaning to, toward, at, or on (this).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • An obsolete intensive prefix used in the formation of compound verbs; as in to-beat, to-break, to-hew, to-rend, to-tear. See these words in the Vocabulary. See the Note on All to, or All-to, under all, adv.

Etymologies

From Middle English, from Old English tō-, te- ("apart, away"), from Proto-Germanic *twiz- (“apart, in two”), from Proto-Indo-European *dis- (“apart, asunder”), *dwis- (“two-ways, in twain”). Cognate with Dutch toe-, te-, German zu-, zer-, Latin dis- ("apart"). More at dis-. (Wiktionary)
From Middle English to ("to"), from Old English  ("to"). More at to. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • Freeman: Not if it comes with a tax increase, because you've got to-

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  • The acting is absolutely top notch throughout, as Steiger, Cobb, Marie Saint and Karl Malden as a local priest all perform at-or close to- Brando's level.

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  • The bucket represents your time and the rocks, pebbles, and sand represent the universe of things we have on our to- do list.

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