The readers, therefore, will not suppose that we intend (supposing even that we were able) to cloy them with sweets.
To cloy or surfeit is to gratify to the point of revulsion or disgust.
But plenteous as are the flowers of eloquence with which he presents us, their perfume, their sweetness, do not cloy.
But I shall tire you with a theme with which I would not wish to cloy you beforehand.
Or cloy the hungry edge of appetite, By bare imagination of a feast?
Over-sentimental and apt to cloy, it is eminently poetical and full of melody.
No apricot Or greengage tart my heart hath won;Their sweetness doth but cloy and clot.
And he proceeded to read with a sneering imitation of Zoie's cloy sweetness.
Yea but, said Carpalin, were it not good to cloy all their ordnance?
Wealth could not cloy, nor grandeur overpower, with such a mate; that was perhaps the substance of her thought.
"weary by too much, fill to loathing, surfeit," 1520s, from Middle English cloyen "hinder movement, encumber" (late 14c.), a shortening of accloyen (early 14c.), from Old French encloer "to fasten with a nail, grip, grasp," figuratively "to hinder, check, stop, curb," from Late Latin inclavare "drive a nail into a horse's foot when shoeing," from Latin clavus "a nail" (see slot (n.2)).
Accloye is a hurt that cometh of shooing, when a Smith driveth a nail in the quick, which make him to halt. [Edward Topsell, "The History of Four-footed Beasts," 1607]The figurative meaning "fill to a satiety, overfill" is attested for accloy from late 14c. Related: Cloyed; cloying.