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Baffle, "originally a punishment of infamy, inflicted on recreant knights, one part of which was hanging them up by the heels" (Nares): “an I do not, call me villain and b. me,” H4A I, 2, 113; hence == to use contemptuously in any manner: “I will b. Sir Toby,” Tw. II, 5, 175. “alas, poor fool, how have they --d thee!” V, 377. “I am disgraced, impeached and --d here,” R2 I, 1, 170. “and shall good news be --d?” H4B V, 3, 109.
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