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Quail, vb. 1) tr. to quell, to crush, to overawe: “q., crush, conclude and quell,” Mids. V, 292 (Pyramus' speech). “when he meant to q. and shake the orb,” Ant. V, 2, 85.
2) intr. to shrink, to faint, to slacken: “let not search and inquisition q.” As II, 2, 20. “there is no --ing now, because the king is certainly possessed of all our purposes,” H4A IV, 1, 39. “this may plant courage in their --ing breasts,” H6C II, 3, 54. “my false spirits q. to remember,” Cymb. V, 5, 149.
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