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παίω1 strike, smite, Hdt., Trag.; π. τινὰ ἐς τὴν γῆν Hdt.; π. τινὰ ἐς τὴν γαστέρα Ar.; εἰς τὰ στέρνα or κατὰ τὸ στέρνον Xen.; c. dupl. acc., π. τινὰ τὸ νῶτον Ar.:—also c. acc. cogn., ὀλίγας π. (sc. πληγάς) Xen.;— π. ἅλμην, of rowers, , Aesch.:—Mid., ἐπαίσατο τὸν μηρόν he smote his thigh, Xen.
2.c. acc. instrumenti, to strike, dash one thing against another, ναῦς ἐν νηὶ στόλον ἔπαισε one ship struck its beak against another, Aesch.; metaph., ἐν δ᾽ ἐμῶι κάραι θεὸς μέγα βάρος ἔπαισεν the god dashed a great weight upon my head, i. e. smote me heavily, Soph.; ἔπαισας ἐπὶ νόσωι νόσον id=Soph. hit hard in speaking, id=Ar.
II.intr. to strike or dash against, Lat. illido, πρός τινι or τι Aesch., Xen.; c. acc., παίειν ἄφαντον ἕρμα strikes on a hidden reef, Aesch.; so, στήλην παίσας, of a charioteer, Soph.

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