[Ads-l] grieve, trans.

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Fri Jan 23 14:38:23 UTC 2015

OED (8b) has 'To feel or show grief at or for; to regret deeply. _poet_.'

The cites from 1597 to 1871 are drawn principally from verse.

Time to add "8c  To grieve for; mourn."

The script of this week's _Sleepy Hollow_ employed this usage twice. IIRC,
one expression was "He's grieving his wife and daughter."

See, Abigail Adams had found a way to imprison the Revolutionary or Early
National-era  preincarnation of Jack the Ripper inside a painting, but in
2015 he gets loose and....

Well, I won't spoil it for you.  Except to say that the former Chief of
Police, slain by the Sword of Methusaleh, is now back as a zombie.

"If the truth is half as bad as I think it is, you can't handle the truth."

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