abroach

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj abroach of a cask or barrel "the cask was set abroach"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Abroach Broached; in a condition for letting out or yielding liquor, as a cask which is tapped. "Hogsheads of ale were set abroach ."
    • Abroach Hence: In a state to be diffused or propagated; afoot; astir. "Mischiefs that I set abroach ."
    • v. t Abroach To set abroach; to let out, as liquor; to broach; to tap.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • abroach Broached; letting out or yielding liquor, or in a position for letting out: as, the cask is abroach.
    • abroach Figuratively, to give rise to; spread abroad; disseminate; propagate.
    • abroach To open, as a cask, for the purpose of letting out liquor; tap; broach.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adv Abroach a-brōch′ broached: in a condition to let the liquor run out: in a state to be diffused, afloat: astir.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. abrochen, OF. abrochier,. See Broach
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Prep. a, and Broach.

Usage

In literature:

The Templar spruce, while every spout's abroach, Stays till 'tis fair, yet seems to call a coach.
"Notes and Queries, Number 64, January 18, 1851" by Various
Therefore, be sure, and get him amongst us at supper, and set the barrel abroach.
"The Uncollected Writings of Thomas de Quincey, Vol. 2" by Thomas de Quincey
Thus he spends his age till the tap of it is run out, and then a fresh one is set abroach.
"Microcosmography" by John Earle
Hast thou no friend to set thy mind abroach?
"Young's Night Thoughts" by Edward Young
This Ceremony beeing set abroach, an Oyes was made.
"The Rogues and Vagabonds of Shakespeare's Youth" by John Awdeley
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In poetry:

Who knows not Love, let him assay,
And taste that juice, which on the crosse a pike
Did set again abroach; then let him say
If ever he did taste the like.
Love in that liquor sweet and most divine,
Which my God feels as bloud; but I, as wine.
"The Agonie" by George Herbert