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Rap and Rend

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To Rap and rend. [more properly rap and ran; ræpan, Saxon, to bind, and rana, Islandick, to plunder.] To seize by violence.

Their husbands robb'd, and made hard shifts
T' administer unto their gifts
All they could rap and rend and pilfer,
To scraps and ends of gold and silver.
Hudibras, p. ii.

Sources: Butler, Samuel (98)

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