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Wednesday, June 06, 2012

larrup

\LAR-uhp\ , verb;
1.
To beat or thrash.
Quotes:
When a seagoing canoe beached on the stones, or when a neighbor came larruping from around back of the house, Martha Obenchain, peeling potatoes at a table in the sun, rose and put the kettle on, tickled pink.
-- Annie Dillard, The Living
A fast white boat comes larruping around the point from the direction of Mercer Island and banks towards him.
-- Neal Stephenson, Cryptonomicon
Origin:
Larrup may derive from the Dutch word larpen meaning "to beat with flails".
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