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stanch, stench

[cf. OED stanch, Scots stench that which stops or allays obs. → 1790; stanch, staunch to stop the flow of (water); to restrain (lawbreakers)] v. 1. to brace up, reinforce (e.g. holding a door shut when someone is trying to push it open): Mommy, Sally stenchin' the door so I can get out (Andros). cf. STENCHEN (Black)

2. to resist a force: 1966 So the tiger. . . began to stench [resist capture] (Crowley 84): I try pulling her but all she do was stench (Nassau). (Black)

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Last update: 2011-10-30 14:46
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.1

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