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To cloy or surfeit is to gratify to the point of revulsion or disgust.

But I shall tire you with a theme with which I would not wish to cloy you beforehand.

Over-sentimental and apt to cloy, it is eminently poetical and full of melody.

Yea but, said Carpalin, were it not good to cloy all their ordnance?

Or cloy the hungry edge of appetite, By bare imagination of a feast?

And he proceeded to read with a sneering imitation of Zoie's cloy sweetness.

But plenteous as are the flowers of eloquence with which he presents us, their perfume, their sweetness, do not cloy.

Wealth could not cloy, nor grandeur overpower, with such a mate; that was perhaps the substance of her thought.

No apricot Or greengage tart my heart hath won;Their sweetness doth but cloy and clot.

Things agreeable enough in small quantities, pall and cloy if the ration be overmuch augmented.

WORD ORIGIN

"weary by too much, fill to loathing, surfeit," 1520s, from Middle English cloyen "hinder movement, encumber" (late 14c.), a shortening of accloyen (early 14c.), from Old French encloer "to fasten with a nail, grip, grasp," figuratively "to hinder, check, stop, curb," from Late Latin inclavare "drive a nail into a horse's foot when shoeing," from Latin clavus "a nail" (see slot (n.2)).

The figurative meaning "fill to a satiety, overfill" is attested for accloy from late 14c. Related: Cloyed; cloying.

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