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  • v. to pull to pieces
  • n. a noisy disturbance

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A pulling; a disturbance.
  • v. To pull; to haul; to tear; to worry.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To tear or pull apart; rend.
  • To tease; comb.
  • To harass; worry; plague.
  • To pull about; handle roughly or carelessly; hence, to rumple; dishevel; tousle.
  • To bustle; exert one's self vigorously; struggle.
  • n. A pull; a haul; a seizure; a disturbance.


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