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quelch

v.

1650s, shortening of squelch, perhaps influenced by quench. Related: Quelched; quelching.

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  • Mr quelch, holding his riding-whip in his hand, as if for defence, followed him into the house.

    Ben Burton W. H. G. Kingston
  • Tried at Boston with the rest of quelch's crew in June, 1704.

    The Pirates' Who's Who Philip Gosse
  • Mr. quelch—Will depict a fool who wishes to become a knave, and, trusting to one, gets killed by one.

    Stage-coach and Tavern Days Alice Morse Earle
  • Tried for piracy with the rest of Captain quelch's crew at Boston.

    The Pirates' Who's Who Philip Gosse
  • On leaving Marblehead the crew mutinied, locked the captain in his cabin, and elected quelch their commander.

    The Pirates' Who's Who Philip Gosse
  • Mr quelch—Will depict a fool who wishes to become a knave, and trusting to one, gets killed by one.

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