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verbEnglish Regional, East Anglian
with object And without object. To choke (a person).
no object Quack.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in Samuel Ward (1577–1640), preacher. Imitative. Perhaps compare earlier quack, although compare also querken and forms at that entry<br>mid 19th century; earliest use found in Thomas Carlyle (1795–1881), author, biographer, and historian. From quack + -le.
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