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To PE’DDLE. v.n.

To PEDDLE. v.n.

To PE’DDLE. v.n. To be busy about trifles. Ains. It is com-
monly written piddle: as, what piddling work is here.

PEDA’NTICALLY. adv.

PEDA'NTICALLY. adv.

PEDA’NTICALLY. adv. [from pedantical.] With awkward
ostentation of literature.
The earl of Roscommon has excellently rendered it;
too faithfully is, indeed, pedantically; ‘tis a faith like that,
which proceeds from superstition. Dryden.

To PEAL. v.a.

To PEAL. v.a.

To PEAL. v.a.
I. To assail with noise.
Nor was his ear less peal’d
With noises loud and ruinous, than when Bellona storms,
With all her batt’ring engines bent to rase
Some capital city. Milton’s Paradise Lost.
2. To stir with some agitation: as, to peal the pot, is when it
boils to stir the liquor therein with a ladle. Ains.

To PEACH. v.n.

To PEACH. v.n.

To PEACH. v.n. [Corrupted from impeach.] To accuse of
some crime.
If you talk of peaching, I’ll peach first, and see whose oath
will be believed; I’ll trounce you. Dryden

PAUSER. n.s.

PAUSER. n.s.

PAUSER. n.s. [from pause.] He who pauses; he who delibe-
rates.
The expedition of my violent love
Outruns the pauser, reason. Shakespeare’s Macbeth.

Pattern

Pattern

The fame of ancient matrons you pursue
And stand a blameless pattern to ye new Dryd.

PA’TRIOT. n.s.

PA'TRIOT. n.s.

PA’TRIOT. n.s. One whose ruling passion is the love of
his country.
Patriots who for sacred freedom stood. Tickel.
The firm patriot there,
Who made the welfare of mankind his care,
Shall know he conquer’d. Addison’s Cato.
Here tears shall flow from a more gen’rous cause,
Such tears as patriots shed for dying laws. Pope.

To PA’TIENT. v.a.

To PA'TIENT. v.a.

To PA’TIENT. v.a. [patienter, Fr.] To compose one’s self;
to behave with patience. Obsolete.
Patient yourself, madam, and pardon me. Shakesp.

PAT. adj.

PAT. adj.

PAT. adj. [from pas, Dutch, Skinner.] Fit; convenient;
exactly suitable either as to time or place. This is a low word,
and should not be used but in burlesque writings.
Pat pat; and here’s a marvellous convenient place for our
rehearsal. Shakespear’s Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Now I might do it pat, now he is praying. Shakesp.
They never say two things so pat,
In all respects, as this and that. Hudibras, p. ii.
Zuinglius dreamed of a text, which he found very pat to his
doctrine of the Eucharist. Atterbury.
He was surely put to’t at the end of a verse,
Because he could find no word to come pat in.  Swift.

PA’STORAL. adj.

PA'STORAL. adj.

PA’STORAL. adj. [pastoralis, Latin; pastoral, French.]
I. Rural; rustick; beseeming shepherds; imitating the shepherds.
In those pastoral pastimes, a great many days were sent to
follow their flying predecessors.  Sidney.
2. Relating to the care of souls.
Their lord and master taught concerning the pastoral care
he had over his own flock. Hooker, b. v. s. 19.
The bishop of Salisbury recommended the tenth satire of
Juvenal, in his pastoral letter, to the serious perusal of the
divines of his diocese. Dryden.



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