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Elbow (verb active)

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E'lbow. v.a. [from the noun.]

  1. To push with the elbow.

    One elbows him; one justles in the shole. Dryden's Juven.

  2. To push; to drive to distance; to encroach upon.

                    It thrusts and stretches out,
    And elbows all the kingdoms round about.
    Dryden.

    If fortune takes not off this boy betimes,
    He'll make mad work, and elbow all his neighbours.
    Dryden.

Sources: Dryden, John (788)

Attributes: Verb Active (289)

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