Archaic Definition of the Week – Vease

vease a run before a leap. The word is often (well, as often as such a word as this can expect) spelled feeze or pheese … A quotation in the OED from 1675 reads “If a man do but goe back a little to take his feeze, he may easily jump over it.”

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Weird And Wonderful Words edited by Erin McKean.

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