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    #1

    to furl

    Dear teachers,

    In my English-Dutch dictionary, a second definition of 'to furl' is given (apart from folding sails etc.), namelijk 'to give up hope'.

    I can't find this anywhere else, so I am wondering if my dictionary is correct.


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    #2

    Re: to furl

    Not a teacher

    My Concise Oxford Dictionary gives as a further meaning of 'furl': d relinquish (hopes). So that is basically the same as what your dictionary says.

    I have to say I don't remember ever having come across this word with this meaning.

    TomUK

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    #3

    Re: to furl

    Thanks, Tom!

    I hope some more people weigh in with their opinion.

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    #4

    Re: to furl

    I can't find my dictionary at the moment but I can definitely say I have never come across it used with this meaning either.

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    #5

    Re: to furl

    It doesn't appear with that meaning in any of the 33 dictionaries listed in the OneLook Dictionary Search, either:

    Definitions of furl - OneLook Dictionary Search

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    #6

    Re: to furl

    I confirm the Concise Oxford gives that meaning.
    Has anyone got an OED?

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    #7

    Re: to furl

    Quote Originally Posted by Hedwig View Post
    Has anyone got an OED?
    It's not one of the six meaning given in my 1989 2nd edition; it's also not in my Webster's Third.

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    #8

    Re: to furl

    Thank you all.

    It's bad news, though: I'll have to find another rhyming word for my poem now...

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    #9

    Re: to furl

    Quote Originally Posted by Balkenende View Post
    It's bad news, though: I'll have to find another rhyming word for my poem now...
    .... my ravelled hopes unfurl.

    ?

    I had a rare poetic moment.

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    #10

    Re: to furl

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    .... my ravelled hopes unfurl.

    ?

    I had a rare poetic moment.

    That isn't half bad!

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