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pill

[ pil ]SEE DEFINITION OF pill

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR PILL

He wished to have the time to make Dubois swallow this pill.

There was no answer, and she asked again, "Bob, did you 'pill your berries?"

You've always had speed and curves, but now you seem able to get the pill over.

Some of that power ought to emanate from him with every pill and drug which he prescribes.

We figured the percentage on the basis of the pill Frank swiped.

In this programme the former item was the gilt on the pill of the latter.

With a swift and brave fling he threw the pill far into the night.

No, brother, you can't get health out of a bottle or a pill box.

The pill eater is a hypochondriac and very likely his doctor knows it.

S-a-y, Pill, ain't you a-bearun' down on the boys a leetle too hard?

WORD ORIGIN

"small ball or round mass of medicine," c.1400, from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German pille and Middle French pile, all from Latin pilula "pill," literally "little ball," diminutive of pila "a ball, playing ball," said to be related to pilus "hair" if the original notion was "hairball." Figurative sense "something disagreeable that must be swallowed" is from 1540s; slang meaning "boring person" is recorded from 1871. The pill "contraceptive pill" is from 1957.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR PILL

medicine/medication

nounsubstance that helps cure, alleviate, or prevent illness
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