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Box (verb neuter)

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To Box. v.n. [from the noun.] To fight with the fist.

The ass very fairly looked on, till they had boxed themselves a-weary, and then left them fairly in the lurch. L'Estrange.

A leopard is like a cat; he boxes with his forefeet, as a cat doth her kitlins. Grew.

The fighting with a man's shadow consists in brandishing two sticks, loaden with plugs of lead; this gives a man all the pleasure of boxing, without the blows. Spectat. № 115.

He hath had six duels, and four and twenty boxingmatches, in defence of his majesty's title. Spectator, № 629.

Sources: Addison, Joseph (408) · Grew, Nehemiah (36) · L'Estrange, Roger (131) · Spectator (140)

Attributes: Verb Neuter (131)

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