Definitions starting with R

ID #5085


[OED to control (a person or thing)] v. 1. to manage (a boat): 1963 You could never rule a boat that size (Cottman 145). (Gen.)

2. domineer; to bully (a person); I don't think she try to rule him around (Long). (Gen.)

3. [cf. Prov. "Jamaica was ruling under England" (Washabauh 1980:44); by passivization] to be controlled: The child can't rule (Exuma). (Gen.)

4. [cf. rule 3] to behave oneself: Dis de Sabbat' day and we have to rule (song). (Black)

Tags: passivization, verb

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Last update: 2011-07-02 22:03
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.0

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