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Edited by T. F. Hoad

in The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology

Published in print January 1996 | ISBN: 9780192830982
Published online January 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191727153

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suffocate, stifle; ‘smother’, hush up. XIX. f. name of William Burke, executed at Edinburgh in 1829 for smothering people

Reference Entry.  28 words. 

Subjects: History of English

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