pickeer
intransitive verb Etymology: probably modification of French picorer to maraud, perhaps from Middle French pecore sheep, from Old Italian pecora — more at pecorino Date: circa 1645 archaic to skirmish in advance of an army; also scout, reconnoiter

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  • Pickeer — Pick*eer , v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Pickeered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Pickeering}.] [F. picorer to go marauding, orig., to go to steal cattle, ultimately fr. L. pecus, pecoris, cattle; cf. F. picor[ e]e, Sp. pecorea robbery committed by straggling… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pickeer — index hold up (rob) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • pickeer — /pik ear /, v.i. Obs. 1. to engage in skirmishes in advance of troops of an army. 2. to reconnoiter; scout; survey. [1635 45; < D pikeeren, var. of pikereien < F picorée < Sp pecorea pillaging, lit., cattle raiding, verbid of pecorear to carry… …   Universalium

  • pickeer — intransitive verb ( ed/ ing/ s) Etymology: probably modification of French picorer to maraud, literally, to steal sheep, from Middle French, alteration (influenced by piquer to pick, prick) of pecore sheep, from Old Italian pecora, from Latin,… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Pickeered — Pickeer Pick*eer , v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Pickeered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Pickeering}.] [F. picorer to go marauding, orig., to go to steal cattle, ultimately fr. L. pecus, pecoris, cattle; cf. F. picor[ e]e, Sp. pecorea robbery committed by straggling …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pickeering — Pickeer Pick*eer , v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Pickeered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Pickeering}.] [F. picorer to go marauding, orig., to go to steal cattle, ultimately fr. L. pecus, pecoris, cattle; cf. F. picor[ e]e, Sp. pecorea robbery committed by straggling …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Contention — (Roget s Thesaurus) < N PARAG:Contention >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 contention contention strife Sgm: N 1 contest contest contestation Sgm: N 1 struggle struggle Sgm: N 1 belligerency belligerency Sgm: N 1 opposition opposition …   English dictionary for students

  • Pickery — Pick er*y, n. [From {Pick} to steal; or perhaps from {Pickeer}.] Petty theft. [Scot.] Holinshed. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Piqueer — Pi*queer , v. i. See {Pickeer}. [R.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hold up — vt: to make the victim of a holdup: rob at gunpoint Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. hold up I …   Law dictionary

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