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Sunday, August 14, 2011

burke

\BURK\ , verb;
1.
To suppress or get rid of by some indirect maneuver.
2.
To murder, as by suffocation, so as to leave no or few marks of violence.
Quotes:
If he means that the reviewers will burke me as far as they can, no doubt he is right; but when I am dead there will be other reviewers and I have already done enough to secure that they shall from time to time look me up.
-- Samuel Butler, The Notebooks of Samuel Butler
Holding her was a rage and a torment and there was the dressing-gown and the teddy and 'Chop, chop, here comes a chopper' to burke him.
-- Audrey Lillian Barker, John Brown's body
Origin:
"Burke owes its existence as a verb to W. Burke, hanged in 1829 in Edinburgh for a series of brutal murders."
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