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Throng, vb. 1) intr. to crowd and press forward to some purpose: which (her breath) “--ing through her lips, so vanisheth as smoke from Aetna,” Lucr. 1041. “much like a press of people at a door, t. her inventions, which shall go before,” Lucr. 1041 “through his lips do t. weak words, so thick come . . .,” Lucr. 1041 “wherefore t. you hither?” Err. V, 38. “in their rooms come --ing soft and delicate desires,” Ado I, 1, 305. “they t. who should buy first,” Wint. IV, 4, 612. “where be the --ing troops that followed thee?” R3 IV, 4, 96. “to the shore t. many doubtful friends,” R3 IV, 4, 96 “all several sins . . . t. to the bar,” V, 3, 199. “many mazed considerings did t. and pressed in with this caution,” H8 II, 4, 185. “I have seen the dumb men t. to see him,” Cor. II, 1, 278. “I'll say th'hast gold: thou wilt be --ed to,” Tim. IV, 3, 395.
2) trans. a) to press (in a crowd): “here one being --ed bears back, all bollen and red,” Lucr. 1417.
b) to crowd about: “variable passions t. her constant woe, as striving who should best become her grief,” Ven. 967. Hence == to fill with a crowding multitude: “t. our large temples with the shows of peace, and not our streets with war,” Cor. III, 3, 36 (O. Edd. through). “the blind mole casts copped hills towards heaven, to tell the earth is --ed by men's oppression,” Per. I, 1, 101 (the earth is completely taken up and filled by the encroaching avidity of man). With up, == to fill completely, to possess entirely: “a man --ed up with cold,” Per. II, 1, 77.
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