Forlaft \For*laft"\, obs. p. p. of {Forleave}. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

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  • an old poacher makes the best gamekeeper — c 1390 CHAUCER Physician’s Tale 1. 83 A theef of venysoun, that hath forlaft His likerousnesse [depravity] and al his olde craft, Kan kepe a forest best of any man. 1695 T. FULLER Church Hist. Britain IX. iii. Alwayes set a to catch a ; and the… …   Proverbs new dictionary

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