And I seen he was sicking his intellects onto the job of making her pay.
They were very quiet but spent the time "sicking Mabel on," as Dee expressed it.
We can let them see how much better they can make things by sicking them on to each other and having them discipline each other.
Upon the sicking river, nearly a hundred miles north from Boonesborough, there were valuable springs richly impregnated with salt.
Half an hour later, lonely Laura, discovering the girls on their doorstep, amused herself by sicking the dog at them.
His whole manner was that of a boy who, although making no sound, might be "sicking" one dog on another.
By "sicking" dog-loyal people against other nations crafty leaders can win elections, raise tariffs, and provoke wars.
But the farmer whose property they had invaded thought he would help by "sicking" the dog on them.
insertion in printed quotation to call attention to error in the original; Latin, literally "so, thus, in this way," related to or emphatic of si "if," from PIE root *so- "this, that" (cf. Old English sio "she"). Used regularly in English articles from 1876, perhaps by influence of similar use in French (1872).
[I]t amounts to Yes, he did say that, or Yes, I do mean that, in spite of your natural doubts. It should be used only when doubt is natural; but reviewers & controversialists are tempted to pretend that it is, because (sic) provides them with a neat & compendious form of sneer. [Fowler]Sic passim is "generally so throughout."
"to set upon, attack;" see sick (v.).
"to chase, set upon" (as in command sick him!), 1845, dialectal variant of seek. Used as an imperative to incite a dog to attack a person or animal; hence "cause to pursue." Related: Sicked; sicking.
"unwell," Old English seoc "ill, diseased, feeble, weak; corrupt; sad, troubled, deeply affected," from Proto-Germanic *seukaz, of uncertain origin. The general Germanic word (cf. Old Norse sjukr, Danish syg, Old Saxon siok, Old Frisian siak, Middle Dutch siec, Dutch ziek, Old High German sioh, Gothic siuks "sick, ill"), but in German and Dutch displaced by krank "weak, slim," probably originally with a sense of "twisted, bent" (see crank (n.)).
Restricted meaning "having an inclination to vomit, affected with nausea" is from 1610s; sense of "tired or weary (of something), disgusted from satiety" is from 1590s; phrase sick and tired of is attested from 1783. Meaning "mentally twisted" in modern colloquial use is from 1955, a revival of the word in this sense from 1550s (sense of "spiritually or morally corrupt" was in Old English, which also had seocmod "infirm of mind"); sick joke is from 1958.
"those who are sick," Old English seoce, from sick (adj).
adj. sick·er, sick·est
Suffering from or affected with a disease or disorder.
Of or for sick persons.
Mentally ill or disturbed.
Constituting an unhealthy environment for those working or residing within, as of a building.
A Latin word for “thus,” used to indicate that an apparent error is part of quoted material and not an editorial mistake: “The learned geographer asserts that ‘the capital of the United States is Washingtown [sic].’”
The craving and misery of an addict in need of a narcotic dose (1940s+ Narcotics)
[modern use of first sense from about 1955 is probably not a survival]