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to-
particle expressing separation, from W.Gmc. *ti- (cf. O.Fris. ti-, O.H.G. zi-, Ger. zer-), from P.Gmc. *tiz-, cognate with L. dis-. Some 125 compound verbs with this element are recorded in O.E.; they declined rapildy in M.E. and disappeared by c.1500 except as conscious archaisms.
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