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Beck

[bek] /bɛk/
noun
1.
Dave, 1894–1993, U.S. labor leader: president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters 1952–57.
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British Dictionary definitions for d. beck

beck1

/bɛk/
noun
1.
a nod, wave, or other gesture or signal
2.
at someone's beck and call, ready to obey someone's orders instantly; subject to someone's slightest whim
Word Origin
C14: short for becnen to beckon

beck2

/bɛk/
noun
1.
(in N England) a stream, esp a swiftly flowing one
Word Origin
Old English becc, from Old Norse bekkr; related to Old English bece, Old Saxon beki, Old High German bah brook, Sanskrit bhanga wave
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Word Origin and History for d. beck

beck

n.

late 14c., "mute signal," from noun use of bekken (v.), variant of becnan "to beckon" (see beckon). Transferred sense of "slightest indication of will" is from late 15c.

v.

c.1300, shortening of beckon. (v.).

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