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Abate (2 syl.)

means properly to knock down. (French, abattre, whence a battue, i.e., wholesale destruction of game; O.E. a beátan.)

Abate, in horsemanship, is to perform well the downward motion. A horse is said to abate when, working upon curvets, he puts or beats down both his hind legs to the ground at once, and keeps exact time.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Aaron
Ab
Aback
Abacus
Abaddon
Abambou
Abandon
Abandon fait larron
Abaris
Abate
Abatement
Abaton
Abbassides
Abbey Laird (An)
Abbey-lubber (An)
Abbot of Misrule
Abbotsford
Abd
Abdael
Abdallah