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Dowse  v. t.  
To plunge, or duck into water; to immerse; to douse.
To beat or thrash. (Prov. Eng.)

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"Dowse" Quotes from Famous Books

... "Dowse that glim on your fo'castle!" shouted the officer, as with a liberal dose of profanity he demanded if they were all fools on board of the schooner. "Put out every ...
— A Victorious Union - SERIES: The Blue and the Gray—Afloat • Oliver Optic

... fugitive essays are hostile to the work they discuss, and represent the attempt of some obscure writer to turn a shilling by exposing for sale a title page which might catch the eye with a well known name. The J. Dowse who sold the Critical Remarks was an obscure pamphlet-shop proprietor, not a prominent bookseller. Richardson and his correspondents were of course irritated at both the Grandison pieces: Mrs. Sarah Chapone ...
— Critical Remarks on Sir Charles Grandison, Clarissa, and Pamela (1754) • Anonymous

... danger was expected. If any master's candle appeared in the hall, the boys had full three minutes' warning, and a single loudly-whispered "cave" would cause some one in each dormitory instantly to "dowse the glim," and shut the door; so that by the time of the adversary's arrival they would all be (of course) fast asleep in bed, some of them snoring in an alarming manner. Whatever noise the master might have heard, it would be impossible to fix ...
— Eric, or Little by Little • Frederic W. Farrar

... chores. As to living with a tanner, I am no Brahmin, and believe that a man may not only live with a tanner, but be a tanner, and have all the culture, if not all the learning and the talent, of Simon's guest. Thomas Dowse pointed the way for many who will go much farther upon it than ...
— The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 4, No. 24, Oct. 1859 • Various

... ear, in music discord is the golden bond of harmony, the life and soul of expression, that for which the ear yearns with a yearning that is inexpressible, and enjoys with poignancy of pleasure. We asked, too, if Thomas Dowse should be honored with a page and a half, in which his fall from a tree, his rheumatic fever, and the head winds which prevented him from visiting Europe are chronicled,—while the eminent French painter, Couture, whose use of the pallet is marked by such ...
— Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 5, No. 27, January, 1860 • Various

Words linked to "Dowse" :   ret, fortune telling, soothsaying, bedraggle, sop, wet, draggle, douse, flush, dowsing, soak, divine, dowser, bate, rhabdomancy, drench

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