Definitions starting with F

ID #3725

fix

v. [Car.; also US Black (Parsons 1917a:180); cf. DAE to put (one) in an awkward position; to get even with] 1. to put (a person) under the in­fluence of witchcraft: 1936 fix: bring under the spell of obeah (Dupuch 125). 1971 [of a mental patient] 'Tis 'e wife family who don fix him (McCartney 17). cf. CROSS, CARRY DOWN (Black)

2, to protect, such as fruit from thieves, with a magic charm hung in the fruit tree: 1976 We were true believers in obeah, "fixing", etc. . . . Most of us boys dared not touch a fruit from a tree so fixed (Eneas 9). cf. GUARD (Black)

Tags: Obeah, verb

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Last update: 2010-11-29 14:24
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.0

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