Definitions starting with R

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raise (up)

-- v.i. 1. [from OED, v.t,; cf. LIF' UP idem] to stand up, arise: 1895 W'en B' Big-head raise 'e broke 'is head off (Edwards 90). 1918 A man .... raised up from de water (Parsons 149). (Gen.)

2. [cf. Réunion Cr. Fr, lev raise; to have an erection (Chaudenson 1974:24)]  to have an erection: 1971 To the Bahamian, for whom the ability "to raise" represents the supreme proof and confirmation of his manliness, impotence is no doubt the worst threat to his self confidence (McCartney 146). (Gen.)

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Last update: 2011-06-04 19:24
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.3

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