surmener (s.xiiiin)

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surmener (s.xiiiin)



1to overwhelm, overcome
( c.1230; MS: s.xiiim )  De la dolur, ke la sormeine, Est la dame tuite veine  6227
2to overwork
( s.xiiiin; MS: s.xiii2/4 )  Ne nus ad Deu noz serf[s] duné Que par nus seient surmené  4410
( c.1270; MS: s.xiv1/3 )  ke nul provost [...] ne nul autre serjant del maner ne chivauchent, [...] ne ne surmenent lez chivas charetteres  270.c20
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