To make scruple
Scruple Scru"ple, n. [L. scrupulus a small sharp or pointed stone, the twenty-fourth part of an ounce, a scruple, uneasiness, doubt, dim. of scrupus a rough or sharp stone, anxiety, uneasiness; perh. akin to Gr. ? the chippings of stone, ? a razor, Skr. kshura: cf. F. scrupule.] 1. A weight of twenty grains; the third part of a dram. [1913 Webster]

2. Hence, a very small quantity; a particle. [1913 Webster]

I will not bate thee a scruple. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. Hesitation as to action from the difficulty of determining what is right or expedient; unwillingness, doubt, or hesitation proceeding from motives of conscience. [1913 Webster]

He was made miserable by the conflict between his tastes and his scruples. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

{To make scruple}, to hesitate from conscientious motives; to scruple. --Locke. [1913 Webster]


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