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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR COURTING

She was beginning to feel panicky; he was courting distress.

I was forced to carry off this girl, because I had no other means of courting her.

And what I was trying to do for you when we met in Rouen was—was courting you.

The memory of her own courting days came back upon her, a rare experience!

They say you have been courting my princess terribly these last few days?

We have no time for courting, scarcely any opportunity for it.

We propose first—marry first if we can—and do the courting afterwards.

How like an old maid to fancy that Mr. Wilcox was courting her!

Leopold Hirsch, who is courting me, you know, is so madly jealous at times.

You got the young lady into your service, and there Woodley was to do the courting.

WORD ORIGIN

late 12c., from Old French cort (11c., Modern French cour) "king's court, princely residence," from Latin cortem, accusative of cors (earlier cohors) "enclosed yard," and by extension (and perhaps by association with curia "sovereign's assembly"), "those assembled in the yard; company, cohort," from com- "together" (see com-) + stem hort- related to hortus "garden, plot of ground" (see yard (n.1)). Sporting sense is from 1510s, originally of tennis. Legal meaning is from late 13c. (early assemblies for justice were overseen by the sovereign personally).

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