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spike down

[cf. OED spike to secure by means of spikes] v. to drive long nails into a coffin to prevent the spirit of the dead person from getting out: 1980 (Dorsett 17).

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Last update: 2011-10-26 17:29
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.0

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