Definitions starting with P

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v. 1. [Brit. colloq, OED; US dial. DARE) to annoy constantly: 1895 Dis snake use' to plague de tree (Edwards 70). 1936 Ma wuz plague wid pain in d' head (Dupuch 90). (Black)

2. [by passivization] to be annoyed or tormented: 1981 Ms. Peritt is a sick lady plaguing with a very bad ulcer (Guardian, Aug. 13).

—n. [OED, scourge] an active obeah spirit. (Crooked)

Tags: noun, Obeah, verb

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Last update: 2010-11-20 14:45
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.0

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