ἐς τριβὰς ἐλᾷ, will push （the matter） to delays （ Soph. Ant. 577 “μὴ τριβὰς ἔτι）,” —is bent on protracting his delay: ἐλαύνειν as in Hdt. 2.124 “ἐς πᾶσαν κακότητα ἐλάσαι,” they said that he went all lengths in wickedness: Tyrt. 11.10 “ἀμφοτέρων δ᾽ εἰς κόρον ἠλάσατε,” ye had taken your fill of both. For the fut., expressing resolve, cp. Aristoph. Birds 759 “αἶρε πλῆκτρον, εἰ μαχεῖ.”
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