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TRI’CKSY. adj.

TRICKSY. adj. [from trick.] Pretty. This is a word of en-
The fool hath planted in his memory
An army of good words; and I do know
A many fools that stand in better place,
Garnish’d like him, that for a tricksy word,
Defy the matter.  Shakesp. Merchant of Venice.
All this service have I done since I went.
–My tricksy spirit!  Shakespeare’s Tempest.

To TED. v.a.

To TED. v.a.

To TED. v.a. [teadan, Saxon, to prepare.] To lay grass
newly mown in rows.
The smell of grain, or tedded grass or kine,
Or dairy, each rural sight, each rural sound. Milton.
Hay-makers following the mowers, and casting it abroad,
they call tedding. Mortimer’s Husb.
Prudent his fall’n heaps
Collecting, cherish’d with the tepid wreaths
Of tedded grass, and the sun’s mellowing beams,
Rivall’d with artful heats. Philips.



PRE’SSMAN. n.s. [press and man.]
I. One who forces another into service; one who forces away.
One only path to all; by which the pressmen came. Chap.
2. One who makes the impression of print by the press: di-
stinct from the compositor, who ranges the types.

To PO’THER. v.a.

To PO'THER. v.a.

To PO’THER. v.a.  To make a blustering ineffectual effort.
He that loves reading and writing, yet finds certain seasons
wherein those things have no relish, only pothers and wearies
himself to no purpose. Locke.

PI’NEAL. adj.

PI'NEAL. adj.

PI’NEAL. adj. [pineale, Fr.] Resembling a pineapple. An epi-
thet given by Des Cartes from the form, to the gland which
he imagined the seat of the soul.
Courtiers and spaniels exactly resemble one another in the
pineal gland. Arbuthnot and Pope.

PEE’VISH. adj.

PEE'VISH. adj.

PEE’VISH. adj.  [This word Junius, with more reason than he
commonly discovers, supposes to be formed by corruption from
perverse; Skinner rather derives it from beeish, as we say
waspish.] Petulant; waspish; easily offended; irritable;
irascible; soon angry; perverse; morose; querulous; full of
expressions of discontent; hard to please.
For what can breed more peevish incongruities,
Than man to yield to female lamentations. Sidney.
She is peevish, sullen, froward,
Proud, disobedient, stubborn, lacking duty. Shakesp.
If thou hast the metal of a king,
Being wrong’d as we are by this peevish town,
Turn thou the mouth of thy artillery,
As we will ours, against these saucy walls. Shakesp.
I will not presume
To send such peevish tokens to a king. Shakesp.
Those deserve to be doubly laugh’d at, that are peevish and
angry for nothing to no purpose. L’Estrange.
Neither will it be satire or peevish invective to affirm, that
infidelity and vice are not much diminished. Swift.



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.



PA’LMISTRY. n.s. [palma, Latin.]
I. The cheat of foretelling fortune by the lines of the palm.
We shall not query what truth there is in palmistry, or divi-
nation, from those lines of our hands of high denomination.
Brown’s Vulgar Errours, b. v.
Here while his canting drone-pipe scan’d,
The mystick figures of her hand,
He tipples palmistry, and dines
On all her fortune-telling lines.  Cleaveland.
With the fond maids in palmistry he deals;
They tell the secret first which he reveals. Prior.
2. Addison uses it for the action of the hand.
Going to relieve a common beggar, he found his pocket
was picked; that being a kind of palmistry at which this ver-
min are very dexterous.  Addison’s Spectator.

To break LOOSE.

To break LOOSE.

To break LOOSE. To gain liberty.
If to break loose from the conduct of reason, and to want
that restraint of examination which keeps us from chusing
the worse, be liberty, madmen and fools are only the free-
men. Locke.
Like two black storms on either hand,
Our Spanish army and the Indians stand;
Where you, like day, broke loose from both appear.  Dryd.