peddle

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peddle (third-person singular simple present peddles, present participle peddling, simple past and past participle peddled)

  1. To sell things, especially door to door.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 3, Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      My hopes wa'n't disappointed. I never saw clams thicker than they was along them inshore flats. I filled my dreener in no time, and then it come to me that 'twouldn't be a bad idee to get a lot more, take 'em with me to Wellmouth, and peddle 'em out. Clams was fairly scarce over that side of the bay and ought to fetch a fair price.
  2. To sell illegal narcotics.
  3. (derogatory, figuratively) To spread or cause to spread.

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