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Vamp (verb)

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To Vamp. v.a. [This is supposed probably enough by Skinner to be derived from avant, Fr. before; and to mean laying on a new outside.] To piece an old thing with some new part.

            You wish
To vamp a body with a dangerous physick,
That's sure of death without.
Shakesp. Coriolanus.

This opinion hath been vamped up by Cardan. Bentley.

I had never much hopes of your vampt play. Swift.

Sources: Bentley, Richard (57) · Shakespeare's Coriolanus (80) · Skinner, Stephen (55) · Swift, Jonathan (306)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Vamp (verb)." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: November 6, 2011. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=7864.


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