from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. to unsettle or disconcert completely; to upset.
  • transitive v. To break completely; to break in pieces.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To break in pieces; destroy.


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  • “To-shivered”, ‘broken to pieces’, in imitation of the older English to-beat, to-break, etc.

    The Nibelungenlied

  • And the apostle said: I have bound the god that thy brother adored, and showed him bound, and constrained him to break his false image, and if thou mayst do so to my God, thou mayst well draw me to thine idol, and if not, I shall all to-break thy gods, and then believe thou in my

    The Golden Legend, vol. 5

  • And because that they may not bear adversities, it is to dread and great peril lest the prosperities all to-break them.

    The Golden Legend, vol. 1

  • The first of these is given in the text as it is etymologically correct: _to_ is an intensive prefix as in 'to-break' = to break in pieces; 'to-tear' = to tear asunder, etc.; while _all_ (= quite) is simply an adverb modifying _to-ruffled_.

    Milton's Comus

  • a token to them to turn it, that when he should make a sound, that they all should turn it, and the fire should spring out and all to-break and rend the body of the virgin; but by the ordinance of God the iron that the artillour and master had in his hand, fell to the earth, and made the sound.

    The Golden Legend, vol. 5

  • [The word "to-break," is not to be found in Nares.

    Notes and Queries, Number 25, April 20, 1850


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