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Sunday, April 29, 2012

ensconce

\en-SKONS\ , verb;
1.
To settle securely or snugly.
2.
To cover or shelter; hide securely.
Quotes:
Here, Ryan would ensconce himself in a hammock.
-- Zadie Smith, White Teeth
This did not trouble him, and he was quite content to ensconce himself in a cosy corner...
-- Georgette Heyer, Regency Buck
They ensconce themselves in their child, in adding and replacing furniture, in discussing insurance and finally buying some.
-- Norman Mailer, The Naked and the Dead
Origin:
Ensconce is related to the word for a type of fort that defended a bridge or pass. It came to mean "to settle securely" in the late 1500s.
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