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Definitions of Perdue

  1. Accustomed to, or employed in, desperate enterprises; hence, reckless; hopeless.
  2. Close; in ambush; in a post of danger.

Usage examples for Perdue

  1. It is led by Talbot, whose zeal sometimes degenerates into ostentation, as when he insists on exploring chinks into which the leanest lizard could not squeeze itself, and on running his stick through little heaps of mown grass where not a field- mouse could lie perdue. – Doctor Cupid by Rhoda Broughton
  2. Salome prepared to retire, and in a few moments she also was at rest, with her little Marie Perdue in her arms. – The Lost Lady of Lone by E.D.E.N. Southworth
  3. Pigou, from the lower deck of the washstand, interposed loudly: " Elle a vingt- quatr'ans- elle est perdue!" – The Story of Louie by Oliver Onions
  4. When the old nun came into her presence, she inquired: Sister Francoise, you showed a lady and gentleman through the asylum, this afternoon; they came into this room; they stopped and noticed little Marie Perdue particularly. – The Lost Lady of Lone by E.D.E.N. Southworth
  5. It was for street and crowd- work; and the engine lying perdue in a coat pocket, might readily sally out to execution, and by clearing a great hall, a piazza, or so, carry an election by a choice way of polling, called knocking down. – The Works Of John Dryden, Vol. 7 (of 18) The Duke of Guise; Albion and Albanius; Don Sebastian by John Dryden
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