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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR LIMP

Mrs. Bines, stooping, took the limp and wide-eyed Paul up in her arms.

I descended from the bridge with both body and soul like limp rags.

But the Mercutian was already in his seat, Joan limp beside him.

He had begun to limp, and this limp increased with the hours.

His jaws were apart, and through them the tongue protruded, draggled and limp.

His foot has got well all at once, and there is hardly a sign of a limp.

Then he sunk down in a chair all limp and sick like, and wiped the sweat off of his face.

So limp he was, so drained of strength, he made no effort to tear it loose.

She felt his temples and his wrists and his limp little body.

Never mind about the sorrowful, limp legs under the bedclothes.

WORD ORIGIN

1560s, of unknown origin, perhaps related to Middle English lympen "to fall short" (c.1400), which is probably from Old English lemphealt "halting, lame, limping," which has a lone cognate in the rare Middle High German limphin, and perhaps is from a PIE root meaning "slack, loose, to hang down" (cf. Sanskrit lambate "hangs down," Middle High German lampen "to hang down"). Related: Limped; limping. As a noun, 1818, from the verb.

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