suing out


verb (used with object), sued, suing.
to institute a process in law against; bring a civil action against: to sue someone for damages.
to woo or court.
Obsolete. to make petition or appeal to.
verb (used without object), sued, suing.
to institute legal proceedings, or bring suit: She threatened to sue.
to make petition or appeal: to sue for peace.
to court a woman.
Verb phrases
sue out, to make application for or apply for and obtain (a writ or the like) from a court of law.

1150–1200; Middle English suen, siwen < Old French sivre < Vulgar Latin *sequere to follow, for Latin sequī

suer, noun
unsued, adjective

5. beg, petition, plead, pray. Unabridged
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sue (sjuː, suː)
vb , sues, suing, sued
1.  to institute legal proceedings (against)
2.  to make suppliant requests of (someone for something)
3.  archaic to pay court (to)
[C13: via Anglo-Norman from Old French sivre, from Latin sequī to follow]

Sue (French sy)
Eugène (øʒɛn). original name Marie-Joseph Sue. 1804--57, French novelist, whose works, notably Les mystères de Paris (1842--43) and Le juif errant (1844--45), were among the first to reflect the impact of the industrial revolution on France

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Word Origin & History

c.1200, "continue, persevere," from Anglo-Fr. suer "follow after, continue," from O.Fr. sivre, later suivre "pursue, follow after," from V.L. *sequere "follow," from L. sequi "follow" (see sequel). Sense of "start a lawsuit against" first recorded c.1300, on notion of "following
up" a matter in court. Sometimes aphetic for ensue or pursue.
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