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Abroach

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Abro'ach. adv. [See To BROACH.]

  1. In a posture to run out; to yield the liquor contained; properly spoken of vessels.

    The Templer spruce, while ev'ry spout's abroach,
    Stays 'till 'tis fair, yet seems to call a coach.
    Swift's Miscel.

    The jarrs of gen'rous wine, (Acestes' gift,
    When his Trinacrian shores the navy left)
    He set abroach, and for the feast prepar'd,
    In equal portions with the ven'son shar'd.
    Dryden's Virgil's Æneid, vol. ii

  2. In a figurative sense; in a state to be diffused or advanced; in a state of such beginning as promises a progress.

    That man, that sits within a monarch's heart,
    And ripens in the sunshine of his favour,
    Would he abuse the count'nance of the king,
    Alack! what mischiefs might be set abroach,
    In shadow of such greatness?
    Shakespeare's Henry IV. p. ii.

Sources: Dryden, John (788) · Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part 2 (72) · Swift, Jonathan (306)

Attributes: Adverb (147)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Abroach." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: January 26, 2014. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=788.


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