[uh-pel, a-pel; French a-pel]
- a tap or stamp of the foot, formerly serving as a warning of one's intent to attack, but now also used as a feint.
- a sharp stroke with the blade used for the purpose of procuring an opening.
Origin of appel
From French; see origin at appeal
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And say, Appel, you ain't seen nobody but only Quinlan and Geltfin—eh?Sundry Accounts
Irvin S. Cobb
Wallie did not seem displeased by the accusation as he passed on to Mrs. Appel.
I had not observed that it was warmer than usual, Mrs. Appel.
"Aw—you'll be back when it gets cold weather," said Mr. Appel.
It had been years since Mr. Appel had spoken to his wife like that.
- a stamp of the foot, used to warn of one's intent to attack
- a sharp blow with the blade made to procure an opening
from French: challenge
- Karel (ˈkaːrəl). 1921–2006, Dutch abstract expressionist painter
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