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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • See touse.

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  • There was a tremendous "towse" for a few days during which time I tried my hand at public-opinion moulding, and so successfully that all interested saw that the tide had really turned, and was running swiftly against the heretofore invincible "Standard

    Frenzied Finance Vol. 1: The Crime of Amalgamated

  • "Well, I guess I'd make a towse," said Mrs. John C., robustly.

    Country Neighbors

  • You've all been real good to me, wantin 'me to come, an' I s'pose I should make an awful towse if I never was asked; but now I've got all my visitin 'done up, cousins an' all, an 'I'm goin' to be to home a spell.

    Tiverton Tales

  • There was a terrible towse when Tammas Haggart then disclosed the secret of Mr. Byars 'supposed approval of the club.

    Auld Licht Idyls

  • [Sidenote: These Devices give great pleasure, when shown in a house.] ++These iiij. soteltees devised in towse, [210] wher þey byñ shewed in an howse, hith {e} doth {e} gret plesaunce

    Early English Meals and Manners

  • -- Sirrah, I say, do't; what, you can towse a Wench as handsomely -- You can be leud enough upon occasion.

    The City Heiress

  • Lambeth marsh, and had variety of meats and drinks, but I did so towse her and handled her, but could get nothing more from her though I was very near it; but as wanton and bucksome as she is she dares not adventure upon the business, in which I very much commend and like her.

    Diary of Samuel Pepys — Complete

  • R {ecipe} brawne of Capons or of he {n} nys, & dry þa {m} wele, & towse þa {m} small {e}; þan take thyk mylk of almonds, & put þe saide brawñ

    Early English Meals and Manners

  • Parliament stairs (in my way down to the boat who should meet us but my lady Jemimah, who saw me lead her but said nothing to me of her, though I ought to speak to her to see whether she would take notice of it or no) and off to Stangate and so to the King's Head at Lambeth marsh, and had variety of meats and drinks, but I did so towse her and handled her, but could get nothing more from her though I was very near it; but as wanton and bucksome as she is she dares not adventure upon the business, in which

    Diary of Samuel Pepys — Volume 23: July/August 1663

  • _Ladies_ chambers, he will tumble beds, and towse your _Ladies_ dress up unto the height, to the hazard of a _Bed-staff_ thrown at his head, or rap o're the fingers with a _Busk_, and that is all; only is this he is far worse than the _Buffoon_, since they study to _delight_, this only to _offend_; they to make _merry_, but this onely to make you _mad_, whence wo be t 'ye of he discovers and _imperfection_ or

    Essays on Wit No. 2

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