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trice2

[trahys] /traɪs/
verb (used with object), triced, tricing. Nautical
1.
to pull or haul with a rope.
2.
to haul up and fasten with a rope (usually followed by up).
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English trisen < Middle Dutch trīsen to hoist, derivative of trīse pulley
Related forms
untriced, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for trice up

trice1

/traɪs/
noun
1.
moment; instant (esp in the phrase in a trice)
Word Origin
C15 (in the phrase at or in a trice, in the sense: at one tug): apparent substantive use of trice²

trice2

/traɪs/
verb
1.
(nautical) (transitive) often foll by up. to haul up or secure
Word Origin
C15: from Middle Dutch trīsen, from trīse pulley
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Word Origin and History for trice up

trice

late 14c., "haul up and fasten with a rope" (v.), from Middle Dutch trisen "hoist," from trise "pulley," of unknown origin. Hence at a tryse (mid-15c.) "in a very short time," literally "at a single pluck or pull." The Middle Dutch word is the source of Dutch trijsen "to hoist," and cognate with Middle Low German trissen (source of Danish trisse, German triezen); its ultimate origin is unknown.

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